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For Immediate Release: July 11, 2012

Contact: Heather Meaney, (518) 381-1250

Schenectady Heritage Foundation Presents Award for SCCC Portico

Elston Hall Portico

The Schenectady Heritage Foundation applauded restoration work on the front portico of Schenectady County Community College's Elston Hall, once the entrance to the historic Hotel Van Curler, presenting Schenectady County with a Schenectady Heritage Foundation Annual Preservation Award. An awards committee chose the portico, citing it as an example of contributing to historic preservation in Schenectady County.

Griffith Dardanelli Architects, PC designed the renovation and Mid-States Industries, Ltd. was the construction company for the project. Crews worked on the columns, steps and roofing system of the portico from May 2010 to May 2011.

Gloria Kishton, Chair of the Schenectady Heritage Foundation, said that the refurbished portico acknowledges the importance of the College's history. "The College is on the National Historic Register," she said. "The committee felt that the portico restoration was done in a way that showed that the College valued and respected the original design hotel."

The Schenectady Heritage Foundation is a non-profit private foundation that fosters historic preservation in Schenectady County and is comprised of community volunteers.


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