A restored 19th-century home in Northport, a new addition to an educational facility in Glen Cove and a museum dedicated to chronicling black history were among six winners for the preservation efforts of a nonprofit organization. Long Island nonprofit.
The biennial awards presented by Cold Spring Harbor-based Preservation Long Island recognize “extraordinary achievement” and “organizational excellence” in historic preservation. The awards were announced on Friday.
“Many of them are people we work with who have overcome obstacles and developed real preservation skills,” Alexandra Wolfe, executive director of Preservation Long Island, said Tuesday. The winners have “shown and demonstrated a commitment” to preservation, she said.
The Webb Institute, an engineering school in Glen Cove that focuses on naval architecture, has been recognized for a new addition called the Couch Academic Center, behind a 1912 Gold Coast mansion. The design, by Locust Valley-based Bentel & Bentel Architects, adds 30,000 square feet of teaching space, matching the style and ambiance of the existing estate overlooking Long Island Sound.
“It’s not just about materials and styles, but how the building occupies the landscape,” Wolfe said. “What they decide to do is place the addition almost like underground. It’s on the hillside and it’s behind the main house.
The approach to the mansion, which was featured in movies like “Batman Forever” as Bruce Wayne’s mansion, has remained unchanged.
The rehabilitation of the Stanley H. Lowndes House in Northport by owners Paul and Catherine Herkovic was also recognized for project excellence.
“This one is significant because it’s from a private owner who really went above and beyond to restore a historic home,” said Sarah Kautz, director of preservation at Preservation Long Island. The 19th-century house had been subdivided into apartments over the years and had fallen into disrepair when the Herkovics bought it.
“They bought the property recognizing what it was and really loving the history and craftsmanship of the house,” Kautz said.
The house is not protected from development, but the couple have listed it on the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places, she said.
The Southampton African American Museum, which has been credited with bringing attention to black heritage in Southampton, was among several organizations awarded for ‘organizational excellence’.
These include: Van Wyck-Lefferts Tide Mill Sanctuary and Huntington Historical Society, for their innovative approach to public boat access to an 18th century mill surrounded by private property; Ma’s House & BIPOC Art Studio, for preserving a home on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation as a shared art space and library, and East Hills Village, for using the environmental review process to prevent the demolition of the 1929 John Mackay III House to make way for new development.