Historic Resource Surveys
Bero Architecture prepares historic resource surveys based on state and federal survey standards.
Surveys are designed to meet the following objectives:
- to identify, evaluate and document historic resources potentially eligible for local designation and/or the State and National Registers;
- to serve as a planning tool for local and state governments;
- to expedite OPRHP review of federal and state-assisted projects (through Section 106 and State law 14.09);
- to raise community awareness and pride;
- to serve as an incentive for revitalization of historic resources;
- to serve as a database of information for academic purposes; and
- to promote historic tourism
Village of Hamburg Main Street Survey – Survey of the Main Street area of the Village of Hamburg, in preparation for National Register district nomination. Prepared for the Village of Hamburg; approved by SHPO (2012).
South Wedge Reconnaissance Survey – Survey area included 500+ properties in the South Wedge neighborhood of the city of Rochester, in preparation for nomination of a National Register district. Funded by the Preservation League of New York State/New York State Council on the Arts Grant Program (Preserve New York) and the Rochester Area Community Foundation. Prepared for the South Wedge Planning Committee; approved by SHPO (2012).
Village of Hamburg Reconnaissance Survey – As the first step in a village-wide survey, forty properties comprising the village’s central business district were inventoried. Prepared for the Village of Hamburg (2002).
Town of Seneca Routes 5 & 20 Corridor Reconnaissance Survey – Identified approximately 80 properties. Funded by the Preservation League of New York State/New York State Council on the Arts Grant Program and Ontario County (2002).
Cornell University West Campus District Historic Resources Report – Comprehensive inventory and analysis of historic resources located within the western quadrant of the Cornell campus in the city of Ithaca. Approximately sixty historic resources were identified including residence halls, fraternities, apartment buildings, estates, single-family houses, and a cemetery. The study included an overview detailing the history of the area’s development (2002).
City of Hornell Reconnaissance Level Survey - Identified approximately 375 properties including five potential historic districts. Prepared for Historic Hornell Inc.. Funded by the Preservation League of New York State/New York State Council on the Arts Grant Program and the City of Hornell (2000).
Village of Penn Yan Reconnaissance Level Survey – Identified approximately 200 properties in three potential historic districts and a proposed expansion of the village’s existing district. In addition the survey identified 50 individual properties worthy of intensive survey. Prepared for the Village of Penn Yan. Funded by a Certified Local Government Subgrant administered by the historic Preservation Field Services Bureau of the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (2000).
Village of Little Valley Reconnaissance Level Survey – Identified 26 individual properties and delineated a potential historic district containing approximately 100 properties. Prepared for the Village of Little Valley and the Little Valley Revitalization and Economic Development Committee. Funded by a Rural New York Grant from the Preservation League of New York State (1999).
Town of Amherst Reconnaissance Level Survey – Identified approximately 245 individual properties and nine historic districts worthy of intensive survey. Prepared for the Town of Amherst Planning Dept. and the Amherst Historic Preservation Commission. CLG-funded project (1996-97).
Town of Amherst Intensive Level Survey – Inventoried 75 individual properties. Prepared for the Town of Amherst Planning Dept. and the Amherst Historic Preservation Commission. (1997-98).
Village of Springville Reconnaissance Level Survey – Identified approx. 22 individual properties and three historic districts. Prepared for the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Concord Historical Society (1998).
Village of Williamsville Reconnaissance Level Survey – Identified a total of 83 individual properties and four historic districts worthy of future investigation. Prepared for the Williamsville Historic Preservation Commission. CLG-funded project (1996-97).
Village of Cuba Intensive Level Survey – Inventoried 38 individual properties and one historic district. Prepared for the Cuba Historical Society (1993-94).
City of Jamestown Intensive Level Survey – Inventoried 82 individual buildings and eight historic districts. Prepared for the Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency. Funded by a Community Development Block Grant of the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (1993).
Village of Mt. Morris Intensive Level Survey – Inventoried 18 individual properties and five historic districts. Prepared for the Mt. Morris Historical Society (1994-95).
Town of Pittsford Intensive Level Survey – Inventoried 126 historic resources. Prepared for the Town of Pittsford Historic Preservation Commission. Funded by a Community Development Block Grant of the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (1991).
Monroe County Department of Transportation Historic Resource Surveys – Served as consultant to J. B. Higgins & Associates. Goals were to survey and evaluate historic resources; to identify potential negative impacts; and to recommend mitigative measures. Representative projects include Turk Hill Road, Perinton, NY (1994); Titus Avenue, Irondequoit, NY (1991); Penfield Road, Penfield and Brighton, NY (1991); Irondequoit Bay Outlet Crossing, Irondequoit and Webster, NY (1990); Culver Road, Irondequoit, NY (1990); and Cooper Road, Irondequoit, NY (1990).
New York State Department of Transportation Architectural Surveys – Served as consultant to the Rochester Museum and Science Center to complete architectural surveys as part of Cultural Resource Reconnaissance. Located and identified historic properties potentially eligible for inclusion in the National Register so that their protection could be considered during planning and design of road construction projects by NYSDOT. Projects included Routes 98, 238, & 354 Attica/Alexander, NY (2001); Routes 77 & US20 Pembroke/Darien, NY (2000); Route 252/Jefferson Road/Ballantyne Road, Chili /Henrietta, NY (1999); Route 253/Mendon Center Road, Pittsford, NY (1999); Route 64, Bristol & South Bristol, NY (1999); and Routes 31 & 63 Medina, NY (1999).
National Register Nominations
Research, write and edit National Register nominations in accordance with state and federal standards. Nominations prepared for a variety of resource types. Clients include municipalities, non-profit organizations, and private individuals. Give public slide presentations in conjunction with OPRHP staff to explain the benefits of listing. Thorough understanding of the role the National Register plays as a preservation planning and resource management tool at local, state and national levels.
Community of True Inspiration Residence, West Seneca, NY – Best surviving residence associated with the Community of True Inspiration, or “Ebenezers,” a religious sect that established communal settlements in West Seneca in the 1840s-50s. Client: West Seneca Historical Society (2013).
South Wedge Historic District, Rochester, NY – Commercial and residential district with a range of 19th and 20th-century buildings. District includes approximately 400 buildings. Funded by the Preservation League of New York State/New York State Council on the Arts Grant Program (Preserve New York) and the Rochester Area Community Foundation. Client: South Wedge Planning Committee (2012).
Hamburg Main Street Historic District, Hamburg, NY – Commercial and residential Main Street corridor. District includes approximately 80 buildings. Funded by a New York State Certified Local Government program grant. Client: Village of Hamburg (2012).
Downtown Warsaw Historic District, Warsaw, NY – Turn-of-the-century district in the heart of the Village’s commercial downtown. District includes 41 commercial and religious buildings. Funded by the Preservation League of New York State/New York State Council on the Arts Grant Program (Preserve New York). Client: Warsaw Historical Society (2012).
Payjack Motors – 1949 auto dealership in Medina, New York designed in conformance with post-war design standards promulgated by General Motors. Client: Hartway Motors (2012).
Central Trust Building – International Style office building constructed in 1959 with additions in 1964 and 1968; notable example of curtain-wall construction. Client: Riverview Rochester (2011).
Temple B’Nai Israel – 1929 Temple in Olean, New York with Eastern European and Middle Eastern architectural influences. Client: Temple B’NaiIsrael (2011).
Lockport Stone Buildings Multiple Property Submission – This multiple property submission documented the city’s unique collection of nineteenth-century stone architecture, including religious, industrial, commercial and domestic buildings. The cover document described relevant historic contexts, associated property types, and provided a basis for evaluating the National Register eligibility of thematically-related historic properties. The multiple property submission included individual registration forms for ten individual properties. Client: The Lockport Architectural and Historic Preservation Committee.
Bolivar Public Library – Ca. 1910 Mission Revival style library constructed using funds donated by Andrew Carnegie. Criteria A and C. Client: Bolivar Free library (2002).
Williamsville Christian Church – Ca. 1870 Italianate church with ca. 1900 Auditorium/Akron plan interior. Criteria A and C. Client: Village of Williamsville (2002).
Pulaski Library – Early twentieth-century Neoclassical library serving Rochester’s ethnic Polish community. Criteria A and C. Client: Group 14621 (2001).
Lee-Tousley House – Mid nineteenth-century Greek Revival house, located in Albion, NY, featuring elaborate interior trim based on the designs of Minard Lefever. Criteria C. Client: Orleans Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (2001).
Immanuel Baptist Church – Urban Tudor Revival church and school complex located in Rochester, NY. Criteria A and C. Client: Immanuel Baptist Church (2001).
Hopkins Farm, Pittsford, NY – Early nineteenth-century farmstead with Federal style ca. 1815 frame house, extensive group of outbuildings, and significant landscape features including an unusually large old-growth wood lot. Criteria A, B, and C. Client: Historic Pittsford (2000).
Hemlock Fairground, Hemlock, NY – Nineteenth-century rural fairground including racetrack, grandstand, and exhibition buildings. Criteria A and C. Client: Hemlock Lake Union Agricultural Society (1999).
Maplewood Historic District, Rochester, NY – Nomination received the 1998 NYS Historic Preservation Award from SHPO. Approx. 435 resources in district. Late 19th-early 20th century residential neighborhood with national styles including Italianate, Second Empire, Shingle, Stick, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Neoclassical, Tudor Revival, and Prairie. Also significant for the Olmsted-designed landscape design including street malls and a park. Criteria A, C, D. CLG-funded project. Client: Maplewood Neighborhood Association and the Landmark Society of WNY (1998).
Erie Canal Lock 52 Complex, Port Byron, NY – Complex of buildings and structures associated with the transportation, engineering, and commercial history of the Enlarged Erie Canal during the period of significance, ca. 1849 to ca. 1917. Includes a saloon, blacksmith shop/ mule barn, stone canal lock, culvert, and canal prism. Potential subsurface remains. Client: State Council on Waterways (1998).
Owego Village Central Historic District (boundary increase) – Expansion of original historic district to include the residential neighborhoods adjacent to the central business district. Over 300 properties in the district. Includes mid-19th to early-20th century commercial, public, religious, and residential buildings from vernacular to high style. CLG-funded project. Client: Village of Owego (1997).
Albright Tract Historic District, Buffalo, NY – Early 20th century residential district with architect-designed revival style houses. 58 resources in district. Criteria A, B, C. Client: Private homeowners (1997).
Col. William Kelly House, Buffalo, NY – Colonial Revival style brick house built in 1937. Criteria B and C. Client: Private homeowner (1997).
Pittsford Farms, 44 North Main Street, Pittsford, NY – Late nineteenth-century farm estate including an Italianate house (built 1814, remodeled 1869), Romantic period landscape features, and an extensive collection of agricultural outbuildings. The farm was home to several of Pittsford’s most prominent citizens during the nineteenth century. Criteria A, B, and C. Client: Historic Pittsford (1996).
Brocton Arch, Village of Brocton, NY – Four-cornered double-span steel arch erected in 1913 as a commemorative structure. Example of a “welcome arch,” an early twentieth century civic feature popular in small towns. Distinctive engineering structure. Criteria A and C. Client: Village of Brocton (1995).
Eagle and State Streets Historic District and South Main Street Historic District, Village of Mt. Morris, NY – Late 19th-early 20th century residential neighborhoods. These district nominations were part of the Mt. Morris Multiple Property document. Criteria C. Client: Mt. Morris Historical Society (1995).
Main Street Historic District, Village of Addison, NY – Approx. 30 properties in the district. Intact commercial center representing the development of the village from ca. 1840 to ca. 1934. National architectural styles including Greek Revival, Italianate, High Victorian Gothic, etc. Criteria A and C (1995).
Maple Street Historic District, Village of Addison, NY – Approx. 70 resources in the district. 19th-century residential enclave with high style houses, two public squares, and prominent churches. The district derives additional significance for its association with several prominent citizens. Criteria B and C (1995).
Main Street Historic District, Village of Medina, NY – Village business district adjacent to Erie Canal. Distinguished by significant concentrations of buildings constructed of locally quarried Medina sandstone. Approx. 53 buildings in district. Period of significance: 1845 – 1945. Criteria A and C. Client: Village of Medina (1994).
Honeoye Falls Historic District - Historic district in center of village including commercial, industrial, religious, and residential buildings. National architectural styles ranging from Greek Revival to Colonial Revival. Approx. 220 resources in district. Criterion C. Client: Village of Honeoye Falls (1993).
Thomas Youngs House, Pittsford, NY – Federal style frame house built ca. 1818-1830. Moved from its original site. Criterion C. Client: Private homeowner. (1993).
Yates County Multiple Property Submission – Prepared the Associated Property Types section titled “Agricultural and Domestic Outbuildings” as well as the following nominations for 19th century houses: Arnold Potter House, Potter, NY; Christopher Willis House, Dresden, NY; Hampstead, Jerusalem, NY; Jemima Wilkinson House, Jerusalem, NY; John Briggs House, Milo, NY; Milton Wilson House, Middlesex, NY; Myron Weaver House, Branchport, NY; Sill Tenant House, Jerusalem, NY; and Solomon Weaver House, Branchport, NY.
Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church Complex, Rochester, NY – Complex includes a Romanesque Revival church (1864), Second Empire style rectory (1871), Italian Renaissance-inspired school (1926), present rectory (ca. 1900), and garage (ca. 1926). Illustrates the strength of the Irish immigrant community in Rochester during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Criteria A and C. Client: Immaculate Conception Church (1991).
Historic Resource Evaluation and Analysis
Cornell Law School Expansion, Ithaca, NY – Provided a historic resources report for evaluation of impacts of a planned subsurface addition to the Cornell Law School complex. Historic resource report for 12 buildings and landscapes; evaluated impacts of proposed projects; advised University and design team on presentations to review boards (2012).
Cornell University Means Restriction Project, Ithaca, NY – Provided a historic resources report and evaluation of impacts of University’s planned suicide prevention initiative involving seven bridges on or adjacent to campus. Evaluated National Register eligibility of the bridges; assessed project impacts (2011).
Cornell University Computing & Information Sciences Building (Bill and Melinda Gates Hall), Ithaca, NY — Prepared a Historic Resources Report documenting historic and architectural significance of 15 buildings and landscapes, and analyzed project impacts on historic resources in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties (2011).
Cornell University West Campus Residential Initiative – Provided the historic resources section of a draft environmental impact statement for a large project including the development of five residence halls housing 1500 students, a 300-car parking garage, a student recreation center, and a 250-car surface parking lot. Inventoried and evaluated existing historic resources; developed design criteria to mitigate adverse impacts; assessed actual impacts of proposed project; suggested potential mitigation measures; and determined unavoidable impacts (2002).
Belleville Subdivision, Victor, NY – Completed the historic resources section of a draft environmental impact statement for a 70-unit residential subdivision. Inventoried the cobblestone Lynaugh House within the context of the New York State Cobblestone National Register Multiple Property Submission. Analyzed the project impacts on the visual charcater of the resource and its context. Suggested potential mitigation measures (2001).
Cornell University Visitor’s Center – Furnished historic resource section of draft environmental impact statement. Evaluated historic resources affected by proposed university visitors’ facility. Identified potential adverse impacts of project on adjacent historic and scenic resources. Suggested mitigation measures and determined unavoidable impacts (2001).
Akzo Nobel Salt Mining Permit Application Project, Hampton’s Corners, NY – Prepared visual impact study of significant historic resources as part of an environmental impact statement. The study was in compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. The project included identification and evaluation of historic resources; assessment of effects (no effect, no adverse effect or adverse effect); and consultation with SHPO and possible mitigative efforts. Sub-consultant to the Rochester Museum and Science Center (1995).
Eastman Hall, Genesee Hospital, Rochester, NY – Prepared historical report on early-twentieth-century nurses’ dormitory on hospital campus. Assisted architect with field measurements. Prepared submittal to HABS. Project done prior to demolition of this National Register eligible building in accordance with NYS Preservation Law 14.09 (1996).
Historic Structure Reports
Prepare overview on the historic and architectural development of the building and document existing building fabric. Incorporate project architect’s recommendations for preservation and restoration into final report.
The Bank of Genesee, Batavia, NY – Ca. 1832 Federal style bank/residence designed by Hezekiah Eldridge a local architect/buildier (2004).
Hotchkiss Essential Oil Building, Lyons NY – Ca. 1884 late nineteenth-century manufacturing facility associated with Hiram Hotchkiss.
Woodside, Rochester, NY – Ca. 1840 Greek Revival mansion (2002).
Cascadilla Boathouse, Stewart Park, Ithaca, NY – Circa 1896 Shingle style crew boathouse (2000).
Erie House, Port Byron, NY – Late 19th century Erie Canal waterside inn, tavern, and residence with associated mule shed and blacksmith shop (1999).
Graycliff, Evans, NY – Circa 1928 summer home of Darwin Martin designed by Frank Loyd Wright (1995).
The Three Bears, Ovid, NY – Complex of three Greek Revival style brick government buildings (1998).
Morgan Hook and Ladder Company, Naples, NY – Early 19th century Federal style house converted to use as a fire hall in 1891 (1995).
Genesee Lighthouse, Charlotte, NY – Ca. 1822 stone lighthouse and adjacent brick lighthouse keeper’s house on the Genesee River. Second oldest surviving lighthouse on the Great Lakes (1991).
Paddy Hill Library, Greece, NY – Late 19th century Romanesque style brick church building presently used as a library (1989).
Public Education/Historic Tourism
Historic Resource Survey Volunteer Training Program, Endicott , NY – Prepared curriculum and gave workshops on how to research building histories. Included field work. Critiqued and edited inventory forms by the volunteers. Workshops coordinated by the Endicott Historic Preservation Commission. CLG-funded project (1997).
Walking Tour Booklet, Ellington, NY – Researched, wrote and edited booklet on the history of Ellington. Focused on the buildings located around the village square. Booklet used to help promote historic tourism. Prepared for the Ellington Area Business Association (1995).