TOWN OF DICKINSON, NY — On February, 4, 2021, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that SUNY Broome, along with ten other projects, has been awarded a 2020 State Historic Preservation Award for the Culinary and Event Center. The project received the Excellence in Historic Building Rehabilitation Award.
All eleven projects aimed to preserve state history, and range from an eighteenth-century Dutch barn rehabilitation to an artist installation memorializing black lives at John Brown Farm State Historic Site.
Each year, The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation recognizes excellence in the protection and revitalization of New York’s historic and cultural treasures.
“The 2020 New York State Historic Preservation Awards help bolster efforts to keep New York’s storied history protected and accessible to all,” Governor Cuomo said. “These historic projects demonstrate the diversity of lived New York experiences since our state’s founding. New York is thankful to the dedicated stewards of each site, who provide invaluable support by devoting countless hours to the protection of historic sites for all to learn from and enjoy.”
In his award letter to the College, Commissioner Erik Kulleseid , “[The Culinary and Event Center] is an excellent example of a rehabilitation project that successfully utilized the commercial historic tax credits to transform the former Carnegie Library in downtown Binghamton into an educational and community asset.”
The Culinary and Event Center – a complete renovation of the historic Carnegie Library — features state-of-the-art classroom space, as well as garde manger and production kitchens, a fully equipped beverage lab for mixology classes, a full-dining room, a state-of-the-art lecture hall for cooking demonstrations, and more. The facility officially opened its doors to students and faculty in January 2020 and is the home for most of SUNY Broome’s hospitality programs and classes.
At the beginning of the spring 2021 semester, the center welcomed new and returning students pursuing careers and skills in culinary arts, hospitality, event management, restaurant management, and more.