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Lorenzo Report Wins State Award


SYRACUSE, N.Y. - A comprehensive report that recommends ways to protect the Lorenzo State Historic Site in Cazenovia and preserve its rich history has received a state award.

The Lorenzo State Historic Site Cultural Landscape Report, prepared by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), received a 1998 New York State Historic Preservation Award.

The 444-page report was prepared by George W. Curry, a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the college's Faculty of Landscape Architecture, and graduate student Paul Fritz, for whom the report served as a thesis. Curry, whose specialty is historic preservation and urban design, was Fritz's major professor.

Prepared for the Friends of Lorenzo organization, the report documents Lorenzo's history, which dates to 1807. The Federal-style mansion on the south end of Cazenovia Lake was constructed by John Lincklaen, an agent for the Holland Land Company and a leader in the settlement of Cazenovia. The house and surrounding gardens remained in the family until 1968, when the property was sold to the state.

The report suggests about 50 ways to manage and improve the site. The recommendations range from establishing a landscape preservation maintenance plan and documenting landscape features on a continuous basis, to improving trees and gardens and making changes in visitor parking.

The preservation awards are bestowed annually by the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The award program recognizes outstanding contributions to the preservation and revitalization of the state's historic places.