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Preservation awards given out in Saratoga Springs

Preservation awards given out in Saratoga Springs

Recognition ceremony held on Thursday
Preservation awards given out in Saratoga Springs
The ceiling of the Canfield Casino in Saratoga Springs is pictured.
Photographer: Erica Miller

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Preservation Association lauded seven groups on Thursday for their dedication to preserving Saratoga Springs' history. 

The association held its annual Preservation Recognition Awards at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. 

Patty Lane and Eric Tepper were given a porch restoration award for a Spring Street property, Roberta Nahill and Gary Becker were also given a porch restoration award for a Circular Street property, and Michael Mooney and Peter Stuto received an exterior rehabilitation award for a property on Church Street.

The New York Racing Association received a slate roof restoration award for a saddling shed at the Saratoga Race Course, Caffe Lena received a building rehabilitation award, and Bonacio Construction and Caffe Lena received a new contextual design award for The Spencer on Phila Street.

Caffe Lena re-opened in December 2016 following an extensive renovation, which included a new, contemporary atrium entry and lobby as well as improved staircases and more accessible restrooms.

The performance room was also updated from 80 to 100 seats, and boasts a new state-of-the-art sound system.

The Saratoga Springs Department of Public Works received a restoration award for the Canfield Casino Ballroom ceiling.

All 60 stained glass windows on the ballroom ceiling were backlit with LED custom fixtures. 

Commissioner of Public Works Anthony "Skip" Scirocco made Canfield Casino his prime focus when he was elected in 2008. Each year he works to secure approximately $150,000 to $300,000 in funding to restore the 6,000-square-foot building.

The first projects under Scirocco's administration included a roof replacement, addition of a drainage system and basement moisture remediation. 

Ceiling plaster work as well as an attic structural investigation and stabilization project, and cupola restoration are planned for this year in the casino's parlor. 

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