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Goodell Gardens & Homestead Bank Barn

Greater Erie Award for Preservation Excellence

If Goodell Gardens & Homestead had a flagship, the Goodell Bank Barn would be it. First set on its foundation in 1885 by George Goodell, this landmark building consists of a circa 1840s barn with hand-hewn beams on the north end and a circa 1860s addition with early sawn beams on the south end. Mr. Goodell purchased these two buildings and moved them to his farm, setting them atop a foundation made of stones pulled from his fields in 1885.

Renovating the barn has been a multiyear effort. In 2013, the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority granted funding to put a new metal standing-seam-style roof on this historic building. In 2016, an angel donor pledged $20,000 toward the repair and renovation of the barn. This gift was made in four installments of $5,000 per year through 2019. In 2018, the Erie Community Foundation granted funding to finalize the fieldstone foundation repair and add temporary electrical service outside of the barn.

In May 2018, Goodell Gardens & Homestead launched a “Buy a Board” campaign. Members, donors, and supporters were asked to contribute to the renovation of the exterior of the historic Bank Barn by “buying a board” to help side it.

The re-siding project took two years to complete. The western elevation on the barn was re-sided during the fall of 2018 and the two most public-facing elevations were completed in the fall of 2019.

The current slate of work for 2020 will address the northern elevation of the building and will include updating and repairing the doors and the ramp leading to them.

Goodell Gardens & Homestead is being awarded a 2020 Greater Erie Award for Preservation Excellence. This award category recognizes buildings, structures or spaces, at least 50 years or older,that have been conserved, stabilized and preserved in a manner honoring the individual property.

Erie County has a strong agricultural heritage. A temperate climate, fertile soil and access to rail transportation make the Lake Erie shoreline ideal for fruit and vegetable farming. Apple, cherry and peach orchards, vineyards and roadside farmers’ markets have dotted the landscape along the lake since 1850. Inland, Erie County farmers specialized in dairying for most of the 20th century.

Agriculture remains an important sector of the county’s economy with approximately 1,100 operating farms. Studies show, however, that the agricultural sector is slowly shrinking, threatening the preservation of Erie County’s agricultural heritage. When Preservation Erie and Wise Preservation Planning completed the countywide historic resource inventory in 2014, which updated data collected during the 1982 inventory, it was noted we are quickly and quietly losing our agricultural heritage.

Our rural communities are just beginning to grapple with two questions: “What will become of Erie County’s historic farmhouses, silos and barns as land is removed from active agricultural use, and how do you determine which buildings are worth preserving?”

The Bank Barn is worth saving. With the rich agricultural history of Goodell Gardens & Homestead and southern Erie County, the barns at Goodell Gardens are well-recognized and loved by the community. The relocation and reconstruction of the 1845 sheep barn, which is now known as the Event Barn, further illustrates the dedication of Goodell Gardens & Homestead to the preservation of our agricultural resources. The Evert Barn is a second example of an historically accurate adaptive reuse project.

Restoration of the Goodell Gardens & Homestead Bank Barn supports the broader regional goals for community and economic development and an improved quality of life for our region. Thank you, Goodell Gardens & Homestead, for helping to preserve and share Erie County’s agricultural heritage!

Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority

2020 Greater Erie Award for Education and Advocacy

Preservation Erie honors the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority with a 2020 Greater Erie Award for its increasing focus on preservation and design efforts throughout Erie County over the past decade. Through their provision of grant funds for communities and organizations, buildings in neighborhoods and downtowns throughout the county have been restored and preserved for future generations.

In an era when funding for historic preservation activities can be hard to come by, the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority is a reliable source of local support for preservation work. Through their Community Assets, Mission Main Street, Anchor Building, and Renaissance Block Grant Programs (among others), the authority has provided 1:1 matching funds to historical societies, museums, municipalities, and neighborhood revitalization organizations for adaptive reuse projects, façade grant programs for commercial and residential property owners, streetscape initiatives, preservation planning, and more.

Passed in 2004, the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act was designed to greatly benefit Pennsylvanians by ensuring gaming jobs and gaming revenue aid local organizations and residents.

Following the opening of Presque Isle Downs and Casino, the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority was established in 2008 by Erie County Council and charged with administering municipal grants and serving as Erie County’s economic development authority, according to the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act.

In Erie County, a full 1% of the annual gross revenue of Presque Isle Downs and Casino returns to Erie residents. Erie County government receives the first ½% and uses it to underwrite bonds for transformational projects, such as the Erie International Airport/Tom Ridge Field runway extension and upgrades to Erie Insurance Arena. The second ½% of Erie County’s gaming revenue (approximately $5.7M per year) is entrusted to the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority to invest in projects and initiatives that invigorate the Erie County economy.

Part of ECGRA’s unique and innovative approach has been to invest in neighborhoods and communities using the analysis and recommendations of renowned economist and historic preservation proponent, Donovan Rypkema. By investing in historic preservation projects, ECGRA feels Erie County can add economic value to its built environment, generate more jobs than new construction, and protect and enhance the quality of place that makes Erie County both a destination for heritage tourism as well as a source of pride for residents.

The first competitive grant program created by ECGRA was the Community Assets Grant Program. Community Assets grants are awarded to arts, culture, heritage, entertainment, and recreation based organizations that can demonstrate how their project, programming, or event drives tourism and improves quality of place in Erie County.

With funding received through the Community Assets Grant Program, the North East Historical Society, Hornby School Restoration Society, Edinboro Area Historical Society, Fairview Area Historical Society, Harborcreek Historical Society, Elk Creek Township Historical Society, Corry Area Historical Society, Lawrence Park Historical Society, Fort LeBoeuf Historical Society, Goodell Gardens & Homestead, and Lake Shore Railway Historical Society have performed maintenance and restoration projects on their historic properties, improved storage of and public access to archival collections, and developed new programming.

As two of the nine cultural organizations identified as Lead Assets, the Erie County Historical Society and Flagship Niagara League, the “friends” group for the Erie Maritime Museum/US Brig Niagara, receive operational support on an annual basis from ECGRA.

The Mission Main Street Grant Program launched in 2013. Through this program, ECGRA targets revitalization along countywide commercial corridors that are home to small businesses, historic structures, and special events. Municipalities and nonprofit organizations with plans to renew historic commercial corridors can apply for Mission Main Street Grants. Eligible projects may include overhauled streetscapes, revamped landscapes, and restored façades.

Mission Main Street funding has supported façade grant programs and/or streetscape projects in Downtown Erie, North East Borough, Union City Borough, Downtown Corry, Girard Borough, Edinboro Borough, and Waterford Borough. Four of these downtowns include National Register listed historic districts, while two others feature districts that have been determined to be eligible for listing on the National Register.

Two years ago, ECGRA announced two new funding programs that further their commitment to historic preservation: Anchor Building and Renaissance Block grants. The Anchor Building Grant Program provides financial assistance to municipalities, municipal authorities, and non-profit organizations to rehabilitate underutilized or vacant buildings which are of historic, architectural, or cultural significance. Anchor Building funds can be used for architectural services, engineering, environmental services, construction, rehabilitation, building code compliance, and materials. The goals of the program are to assist eligible entities adaptively reuse buildings, leverage private investment, create jobs, and support small businesses.

The identification and development of financial resources for historic preservation activity has been identified as a priority in the Erie County Cultural Heritage Plan, which was adopted by Erie County Council as the part of the county’s comprehensive plan in August 2017.

The Renaissance Block Grant Program provides financial assistance to municipal governments, municipal authorities and non-profit organizations to create an incentive-based program to reverse housing blight in Erie County. The program was designed to help improve Erie County neighborhoods through a block-by-block strategy that targets aging or neglected areas where neighbors are organized and willing to work together to combat blight.

Renaissance Block funds can be used for sidewalks, walkways, driveways, landscaping, trees, porches, doors, painting, and other exterior improvements. The goals of the program are to remove housing blight and reverse deterioration, incentivize private investment, make neighborhoods more attractive, and increase the market value of homes.

Reducing blight as an economic development strategy has been identified as a priority in Emerge 2040, Erie Refocused, the Corry Neighborhood Initiative, A Citizen’s Action Guide to Blight, and the Erie County Housing Plan (a component of Erie County’s comprehensive plan).

In addition to building grant programs that support historic preservation activities, ECGRA also occasionally offers community education workshops. In October 2017, ECGRA brought together Congressman Mike Kelly (PA-3), the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission (PHMC), the National Trust Community Investment Corporation (NTCIC), and Preservation Erie for a discussion about financing improvements to historic properties.

ECGRA is also choosing to invest with funding partners which value historic preservation. In 2017, ECGRA invested $1M with The Progress Fund in Pittsburgh to grow businesses in Erie County. The Progress Fund is a nonprofit community development financial institution focused on new or expanding tourism businesses, such as accommodations, attractions, entertainment, farms, outdoor recreation, restaurants, retail, service business, and wine and spirits makers. They provide loans, as well as business coaching. Through their financing, The Progress Fund encourages job creation, historic preservation, diverse business ownership, local agriculture and trail-based development. To-date, The Progress Fund has provided more than $2.8M in financing to three Erie County businesses.

Most often, historic buildings located in the heart of the community are anchor buildings with intrinsic historical, architectural, and/or social qualities that make places special or unique. Similarly, these buildings can be adaptively reused due to the quality of original construction, location, and/or suitability for new uses. Unfortunately, communities sometimes find that these older buildings are difficult to reuse due to construction costs relative to new building codes, lack of financial resources, or appraisal values that do not support local lenders making an investment. ECGRA funding can serve as a vital part of the financing structure to bridge the gap, boost the real estate market, assist in developing equity, and enhance the quality of place. For this reason, Preservation Erie is recognizing the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority with a 2020 Greater Erie Award.

2020 Greater Erie Awards Announced During Preservation Month

When the planning committee members began work on the 2020 Greater Erie Awards last year, they never guessed that, nine months later, our community and communities around the globe would be dealing with a pandemic. No one did. But, it’s thanks to this nearly year-long planning effort that Preservation Erie is still able to recognize the great work happening in Erie City and County in the midst of a stay-at-home order.

The Greater Erie Awards is Preservation Erie’s signature annual event. The awards program is used to recognize individuals, businesses or organizations that are exceptional stewards of the physical and cultural landscape that is Greater Erie. The awards reception, which typically takes place in or around May, National Preservation Month, also includes a keynote address given by an acclaimed lecturer in the fields of historic preservation and urban planning.

This year, in lieu of an event, we are using Preservation Erie’s website and Facebook page to announce awardees throughout the month of May. Twelve awards covering four categories – Adaptive Reuse, Preservation Excellence, Education and Advocacy, and Planning – are being given in 2020, and we plan to announce three per week for the next four weeks.

Please join us in acknowledging twelve amazing projects that are contributing to the greatness of our region by liking, commenting, and sharing our blog and social media posts. Let’s show them some love!

2020 Greater Erie Awardees

Amos Judson House for Adaptive Reuse (Announced May 5, 2020)
Bastion Studios for Adaptive Reuse (Announced May 7, 2020)
Goodell Gardens & Homestead Bank Barn for Preservation Excellence (Announced May 9, 2020)
Community Shelter Service’s Cochran House for Adaptive Reuse (Announced May 11, 2020)
Union City Borough’s Historic Preservation Plan for Planning (Announced May 13, 2020)
Erie Times News for Education and Advocacy (Announced May 15, 2020)
Mayor’s Office & Erie City Council for Education and Advocacy (Announced May 18, 2020)
Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority for Education and Advocacy (Announced May 21, 2020)
Church of the Nativity for Preservation Excellence (Announced May 23, 2020)
Grace Church for Adaptive Reuse (Announced May 27, 2020)
Jeff Kidder for Preservation Excellence (Announced May 29, 2020)
Performing Artists Collective Alliance (PACA) for Preservation Excellence (Announced June 3, 2020)

Greater Erie Awards

The Greater Erie Awards are presented annually by the board of Preservation Erie to individuals, businesses or organizations that are exceptional stewards of the physical and cultural landscape that is Greater Erie. The award reception also features a keynote address given by an acclaimed lecturer in the fields of historic preservation and urban planning.

Save the date! The 2023 Greater Erie Awards will be held September 14th at 6:00 pm.


2022 Greater Erie Award Recipients

Parker Beardsley: An Education and Advocacy Award for the gravestone preservation project at North East Cemetery that earned an Eagle Scout award.

Biebel Family: A Preservation Excellence Award for the preservation of the 1850s farmhouse and barn that is today part of Mound Grove Golf Course.

Erie County Public Library: An Education and Advocacy for the creation of the histERIE Week public program.

Erie Events: A Preservation Excellence Award for the restoration of the historic Warner Theatre marquee and blade.

Erie Zoological Society: A Preservation Excellence Award for the restoration of the Main Zoo Building.

Hurry Hill Farm and Maple Syrup Museum: An Education and Advocacy Award for their ongoing efforts to preserve the maple heritage of northwestern Pennsylvania.

Impact Corry: An Education and Advocacy Award for listing the Corry Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.

Mercy Center for Women: An Adaptive Reuse Award for the repurposing of Holy Rosary Elementary School for housing and community services.

Shops at 19th and Chestnut: An Adaptive Reuse Award for the reuse of an industrial building for artist workshops.

Lee Anne Simpson and Bob Krome: An Adaptive Reuse Award for the repurposing of the old Springfield School as the Old Lake Lodge airbnb.

Jon and Gina Welsh: An Adaptive Reuse Award for the repurposing of the historic Battles Bank for Full Circle Winery.


2021 Greater Erie Award Recipients

Academy Neighborhood Association: An Advocacy and Education Award to the for several initiatives, including development of the Academy-Marvintown Neighborhood Plan, Tool Lending Library, and the E28 improvement initiative.

Edinboro Area Historical Society: An Advocacy and Education Award to the for creation of a Historic Marker Program.

WQLN Public Media: An Advocacy and Education Award to for production of the Our Town Series.
a Preservation Excellence Award to the Elk Creek Township Historical Society for the restoration of the bell tower of the Little Church on the Hill.

Tom Hagen: A Preservation Excellence Award to for the creation of the Historic Erie Preservation Trust and the rehabilitation of multiple properties, including the 328-334 W. 6th Street Canalside Townhouse Apartments and the former Army Surplus Store building in the 400 Block of State Street.

Housing and Neighborhood Development Services (HANDS): Preservation Excellence and Adaptive Reuse Awards to the for the restoration of the Boston Store clock and the rehabilitation of the commercial storefront at 14th and Parade Streets.

Masonic Temple Association: A Preservation Excellence Award to the for stewardship of the Masonic Temple of Erie.

George and Linda May: A Preservation Excellence Award to for stewardship of the Orton Family Farm and listing it on the National Register of Historic Places.

Pennsylvania Soldiers and Sailors Home: A Preservation Excellence Award to the for restoration of the Interfaith Chapel.

Erie Center for Art and Technology: An Adaptive Reuse Award to the for the rehabilitation of Wayne School.

Our West Bayfront: An Adaptive Reuse Award to for the rehabilitation of 404-406 W. 8th Street.

The 2021 Greater Erie Awards Keynote was held Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 6 pm via Zoom Webinar. Watch the recorded webinar! 


2020 Greater Erie Award Recipients

Fiske Building Maintenance and Restoration (102 High Street, Waterford): For the Adaptive Reuse of the Judson Building in downtown Waterford.

Community Shelter Services (2942 Myrtle Street, Erie): For the Adaptive Reuse of the Cochran House.

Grace Church (Holland and E. 7th Streets, Erie): For the Adaptive Reuse of the old Swedish Baptist Church building.

Bastion Studios (2016 Peach Street, Erie): For the Adaptive Reuse of the 1876 Daniel Illig House.

Goodell Gardens and Homestead (221 Waterford Street/Rte. 6N, Edinboro): For the restoration of their 1885 Bank Barn.

Russian Orthodox Church of the Nativity (247 E. Front Street, Erie): For the restoration of the gold domes atop the church.

Performing Artists Collective Alliance (1505 State Street, Erie): For the restoration of their State Street facade windows.

Jeff Kidder: For a career spanning commitment to historic preservation.

City of Erie: For creating the Erie Historic Preservation Task Force.

Erie Times News: For their coverage of preservation issues over the last year.

Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority: For creating and administering funding programs based on historic preservation principles.

Union City Borough: For development of the Union City Historic Preservation Plan.


2019 Greater Erie Award Recipients

Woda Cooper Companies (2064 Willow Street, Wesleyville): For their Adaptive Reuse of the former Wesleyville School into 45 one- and two-bedroom affordable apartments for seniors age 62 and over.

Velocity Network, Inc. (121 West 10th Street, Erie): For the Design Excellence exemplified in the preservation of the former Rothrock Building, showing an early investment in the Innovation District.

Dan and Sallie Shipley (Presque Isle State Park): For their focus on Preservation Excellence in the restoration of the historic steel intake tower at Presque Isle State Park.

The Hill District and Sisters of Saint Joseph Neighborhood Network: For the partnership’s focus on Education and Advocacy including a master plan for the district with preservation at its core.

Lawrence Park Historical Society (4230 Iroquois Avenue, Erie): For their addition to the National Register of Historic Places as a town worthy of preservation because of its historic design laid out by John Nolan, the nation’s first recognized city planner. 


2018 Greater Erie Award Recipients

Ruiz Barber Shop (602 West 18th Street, Erie): In recognition of Caesar Ruiz’s dedication to preservation excellence by returning the facade of the building to its original black glass tile after the building suffered damage.

Erie Federal Credit Union (3503 Peach Street, Erie):  For the adaptive reuse of the Glenwood Elementary School into the modern headquarters for the Erie Federal Credit Union that seeks to incorporate historic touches throughout the building.

Pierre McCormick (124 Parade Street, Erie): For the preservation excellence used by homeowner Pierre McCormick in his execution of best practices in historic renovation.

Erie County Bar Association (429 + 427 West 6th Street, Erie): In recognition of the valiant decision of the Erie County Bar Association to preserve, rather than demolish, the neighboring building at their new headquarters in downtown Erie. Additionally, they have shown preservation excellence in their updates to the exterior of their headquarters.

Sham Market (760 East 12th Street, Erie): In recognition of Bassam Dabbah’s conversion of a corner bar into a Syrian Market to increase access to ingredients and specialities from that region. His market provides fresh produce and serves as a fine example of adaptive reuse.

Woman’s Club of Erie (259 West 6th Street, Erie): In recognition of their careful stewardship of the Downing-Galbraith Mansion. They have shown preservation excellence in their updates to both the interior and exterior of the clubhouse. 


2017 Greater Erie Award Recipients

The Studio at St. Mary’s: Space to Create (310 East 10th Street, Erie): In recognition of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie’s adaptive reuse of the former St. Mary’s school into a creative space for artists, performers, writers, and more.

PA National Guard Armory (100 Erie Insurance Place, Erie): In recognition of Erie Insurance’s adaptive reuse of the former armory into a collaborative work space.

Lawrence Park Dinor (4019 Main St., Erie): In recognition of Rick and Becky Standley’s preservation excellence of this 1950s dinor located in downtown Lawrence Park.

2016 Greater Erie Award Recipients

Curry’s Spectacle Shop (3202 Buffalo Road, Erie)In recognition of them operating their business in a former bank in Wesleyville and maintaining its historic character, both inside and out.

Victory Christian Center (1129 Pennsylvania Avenue, Erie)In recognition of their respectful transformation of the 1100 block of Pennsylvania, including an historic church and several buildings that were threatened with demolition, into a beautiful well-tended neighborhood.

U Frame It and the Poster Annex (731 W 8th Street, Erie)In recognition of commitment to their neighborhood and a façade restoration that returned a former drugstore back to its original charm.

2015 Greater Erie Award Recipients

Miller Brothers Power Equipment (2112 State Street, Erie): In recognition of their commitment to maintain a commercial enterprise in downtown Erie and repurpose one of our City’s well-known historic structures.

Latino’s Restaurant & Bar (1315 Parade Street, Erie): In recognition of their achievement in creating a true Latin American-styled establishment on Erie’s original Main Street, historic Parade Street.

Kerr’s Tire Korner (163 East 10th Street, Erie): In recognition of their commitment to maintain an auto-repair and service station in a historic commercial building.

2014 Greater Erie Award Recipients

The Remnant Store (306 East 11th Street, Erie): In recognition of generations of commitment to offer the finest fabrics to Greater Erie artists and upholsterers by securing end-bolts of fabric that would otherwise be discarded; and for maintaining a vital business in Erie’s east side.

Downtown YMCA (31 West 10th Street, Erie): In recognition of the YMCA’s century and a half of dedication nurturing the health of Erie residents and in honor of a sustained commitment to the stewardship of one of the City’s great structures – the historic YMCA building at Peach and West 10th Streets.

Kraus Department Store (810 Parade Street, Erie): In recognition of the Kraus Department Store’s creative and evolving commercial enterprise that offers an extensive variety of products and services, as well as good jobs on Erie’s original main street.

2013 Greater Erie Award Recipients

Tom and Cathy Ferraro and Jon and Maria Bowser (1020 Holland Street, Erie): In honor of their respectful transformation of a historical industrial structure into a modern residence and gallery space.

William T. Spaeder Company (1602 East 18th Street, Erie): In recognition of their century-long, multi-generational commitment to the City of Erie and the preservation of its heritage.

Monsignor Henry Kriegel and the Congregation of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church (130 East 4th Street, Erie): In recognition of their exemplary commitment to the restoration and preservation of St. Patrick’s Church and the ecclesiastical heritage of Greater Erie.





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