The new commission, which had been created by the Pittsford Town
Board, gathered in the conference room of the Town Hall on February 20,
1990. Town Board member, John Berggren called the meeting to order and
the newly appointed members took the oath of office and signed the book.
Hence was created the Historic Preservation Commission.
A New York State Ordinance was distributed and each member was asked to
read it carefully before the next meeting.
Jean France, a member of the Perinton Historic Commission and acting as
a consultant to our newly formed group, reminded us that it was not the
Commission’s role to forbid change but to monitor it and control
it; that not to change is to stagnate and perhaps die; that the owner of
the property wants to maximize his dollar and has the right to do so, but
so does the community have the right to monitor what happens to it; the
Commission must keep a balance.
Using Department of Interior standards and a grant from the Monroe County
Community Development Administration, a contractual arrangement was made
with Bero Associates to conduct a survey of approximately 126 structures
that are of historic importance to the town. This survey began on January
16, 1991 and was completed on July 17, 1991. Properties were inventoried
and rated ranging from highest (A+) to lowest (Y).
Using this survey, commission members have carefully studied, interviewed
owners of inventoried properties, and have investigated the histories of
potential historic landmarks, and have to this date designated a total
of 60 landmarks including one historic district. Most of these designations
have been made with the owners consent
The Historic Preservation Commission meets on the third Thursday evening
at 7:00 PM in the lower level of the Town Hall and are open to the public.
We invite any interested party to attend.