Webb Institute Receives Project Excellence Award by Preservation Long Island

Preservation Long Island works with communities throughout the region to protect and celebrate historic places, encouraging excellence in stewardship and advocacy. Their biennial Preservation Awards recognize individuals, organizations, and projects that demonstrate extraordinary achievement in fields related to historic preservation on Long Island.

“This year’s awardees demonstrate not only excellence in historically sensitive design and rehabilitation, they also represent successful historic preservation efforts in a wide range of 2 areas that include public education and access, community-driven leadership, and a commitment to leveraging the municipal process to achieve local preservation objectives,” said Alexandra Wolfe, Preservation Long Island Executive Director.

Project Excellence

  • Webb Institute and Bentel & Bentel Architects for historically sensitive design of the Couch Academic Center, a new facility for teaching, learning, and collaboration in Glen Cove.
  • Paul and Catherine Herkovic, historic homeowners, for outstanding stewardship and rehabilitation of the Stanley H. Lowndes House in Northport.

Organizational Excellence

  • Southampton African American Museum (SAAM) for excellence in education and advocacy for the preservation of Black heritage sites in Southampton Village.
  • Ma’s House & BIPOC Art Studio for creative community-driven leadership in preserving Ma’s House as a shared art space, studio, and library at the Shinnecock Indian Reservation.
  • Van Wyck-Lefferts Tide Mill Sanctuary & Huntington Historical Society for their innovative approach to public access and stewardship at the Van WyckLefferts Tide Mill.
  • Village of East Hills for leadership in new approaches to local preservation and for achieving a meaningful mitigation of adverse impacts on John Mackay III’s Happy House via environmental review.

“In recognition of exceptional achievement in the historically sensitive design of the Couch Academic Center, a new facility for teaching, learning, and collaboration in Glen Cove. The brick façade and green roof blend seamlessly with historic Stevenson Taylor Hall and other campus structures overlooking the Long Island Sound. The Couch Academic Center features new collaborative learning spaces, studios, lecture halls, computer/makers labs, faculty offices, and a student lounge. Construction began on July 23rd, 2018. The project took approximately 14 months to complete with classes transitioning to the new academic center during the 2020 spring semester.”

Preservation Long Island 2022 Award Article

Each of the six awardees will be recognized in award presentations and related programming taking place from June and through September. “We are excited to be able to return to showcasing our awardees at in-person events throughout Long Island,” said Sarah Kautz, Preservation Director at Preservation Long Island.

Webb Institute and Bentel & Bentel Architects received their award at Preservation Long Island’s Annual Benefit Party on Friday, June 24th.

About Preservation Long Island
Preservation Long Island is a not-for-profit organization that works with Long Islanders to raise awareness, appreciation, and support for the protection of our shared past through advocacy, education, and the stewardship of historic sites and collections.

Preservation Long Island’s preservation advocacy services support the work of our local partners in communities across the region. We offer consultation and strategic guidance for Long Islanders seeking help with local preservation projects, including historic resource surveys, local landmark designation, National Register listing, and restoration or adaptive reuse of historic buildings. Our Local Landmark Law Look-Up Tool provides Long Islanders with an easy way to explore landmark laws in our region.

Preservation Long Island also maintains and interprets historic sites and collections that embody various aspects of Long Island’s history including:
Joseph Lloyd Manor, Lloyd Harbor
Custom House, Sag Harbor
Sherwood-Jayne Farm, Setauket
Old Methodist Church and Exhibition Gallery, Cold Spring Harbor