Mar 15 - May 1
Applications being accepted for the
Jean France





Historic Pittsford awards the Jean France Historic Preservation Scholarship to a Pittsford resident who is currently enrolled or has been accepted into a college program which may lead to a career in historic preservation, architectural history, cultural landscape protection, or other related field.

The scholarship honors Jean's commitment to the growth, development and mission of Historic Pittsford and to the preservation of historic architectural and cultural resources in Pittsford. With this scholarship, Historic Pittsford hopes to advance the careers of students from Pittsford with demonstrated interest in historic preservation, thus perpetuating the work of Jean France and the mission upon which Historic Pittsford was founded. Applications will be accepted from March 15 to May 1.
Click here for the application form.

List of Recipients and their career path:

2018 - Jonathan Beldner - studying Product & Industrial Design at Purdue University.
2017 - Austin Ange
- for intended study of Architecture/Preservation at Viginia Tech.
2016 - Julia Corsetti - to study library science and archiving at Simmons College.


Historic Pittsford annually recognizes individuals and / or organizations in the community who have significantly contributed to supporting the mission and goals of the organization.

We encourage both our members and non-members from throughout the community to nominate those whose outstanding contributions to the preservation of the history and character of the Village and / or Town of Pittsford are worthy of recognition. Eligible candidates include individuals or groups, organizations, businesses, students, scouts, governmental bodies, etc. and may come from any source.

Criteria for Nomination and Selection:

  • Responsibility for the preservation and restoration of historically important property
  • Leadership of public or private efforts which result in the advancement of historic and cultural preservation
  • Creation and approval of public policy or statutes which advance the interests of historic preservation
  • Implementation of educational activities which help promote and support historic preservation

How to make a Nomination:

The Board of Historic Pittsford is pleased to announce to the Pittsford Community the opportunity to nominate an indivdual or group to receive the annual Historic Pittsford Preservation Achievement Award. Please take note that the deadline for submissions is April 15th of each year.

The Award purpose is to recognize outstanding contributions of individuals or organizations to the history and/or culture of Pittsford. Eligible recipients may include individuals, groups, businesses and governmental bodies. Nominations may come from any source. Screening and review of nominations will be conducted by a committee of Historic Pittsford, with the final award decisions being approved by the Historic Pittsford Board of Directors.

Click here for a PDF that you can fill-in online, then print OR print first, then complete. Mail the completed form to:   Historic Pittsford    18 Monroe Avenue    Pittsford 14534


  • October - December: Selection of committee members and review of master plan for Achievement Awards
  • Mid-January: Mailing of the award brochure and nomination form to all HP members, Pittsford High Schools, Pittsford merchants, Chamber of Commerce, Boys/Girl scout troops
  • April 15th: Deadline for all nomination forms
  • May: Committee of 4 or 5 HP Board Members plus 1 member at large to review nomination forms, select qualified candidates and recommend to the Board for further review and consideration
  • June: HP Board review of the committee's recommendations and motions to accept worthy candidates

List of Recipients and their contributions:

  • Jake Hoppa - for creation of the Auburn & Rochester Railroad Line mini-park off North Main Street.
  • Tim Romeo - for his work and dedication in the upkeep of Pittsford cemetery.
  • Ted Collins - for his work in preserving Schoen's Alley over many, many years.
  • David McNellis - for writing the book "Reflections on Big Spring - A history of Pittsford NY and the Genesee River Valley".
  • Beth Knickerbocker - for the implementation of educational activities that promote and support historic preservation.
  • Pittsford Fire Department - for the rehabilitation of the Wadhams Carriage House.
  • Pittsford Greenbelt Association - for its effort to preserve green space.
  • Paul Spiegel - for his published photo books on local history.
  • Paul Corsello - for his Eagle Scout project; organizing a team to clean up Lock 32 and publishing a pamphlet on the history and results of his effort,
  • Pittsford Carriage Association - for preserving the sport of carriage show and competition at Walnut Hill.
  • Stuart and Nancy Bolger - for the restoration of their home at 20 Monroe Avenue.
  • Bill Hill and Joe Maxey - for their leadership in obtaining public support to curtail the illegal emissions from Monoco Oil Company.
  • Glenn Brown - for the rehabilitation of his home at 25 South Main Street.
  • Mary Bodem - for her sixteen years of service as chairperson of the Village Planning Board.
  • William Webber - for his work to keep the Village a vital and attractive place in which to live. His leadership has been recognized by both the Village and the Town. He also is commended for his service on the Town Board for eighteen years.
  • Mitchell Pierson, Jr. - for his continuous advancement of historical and cultural preservation and his sponsorship of the reprinting of the book "Architecture Worth Saving in Pittsford".
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wilson - for their continued leadership and responsibility in preserving and maintaining the historic property and gardens at 84 South Main Street.
  • First Presbyterian Church of Pittsford - for the group effort put forth by George Foster, chairman of the Restoration Committee and his supportive committee members to improve and restore this important local historical landmark.
  • Michael Newcomb and Alden Longwell - for their private effort in saving and renovating the original Flour Mill - "The Grand Ole Lady" - on the banks of the present Erie Canal.
  • The Village of Pittsford Architectural Preservation Review Board - for their leadership, creation of public policy and educational activities that have advanced, promoted and supported hictoric preservation in the Village.
  • Pittsford Garden Club - for their efforts over the past three decades in preserving and maintaining the many historic public properties and gardens throughout the Village and Town.
  • St. Paul's Lutheran Church - for preserving this important local historic landmark.
  • Pittsford Cemetery Association - for their on-going preservation of this historic cemetery since 1842.
  • Karen and Paul Zackman - for their responsibility and restoration of the historically important property at 20 Rand Place.
  • Millie and Dan Traina - for their restoration of the historically important property at 45 South Main Street.
  • John Bero - for his leadership and responsibility for the preservation and restoration of historically important properties in the Village of Pittsford.
  • Patrick Pfeiffer - for his restoration of the fence surrounding Pittsford Cemetery, an important local landmark.