•To suggest a historic building or other site to be included in material being compiled by the Southern New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects
, send submissions to: Gail Erway Gerard
, 104 Demarest Parkway, Elmira, NY 14905.E-mail: gailegerard@ hotmail.com.Phone: 607/732-3793.
...Albany, New York City, Long Island are all documented," said Gail Gerard, secretary of the American Institute of Architects' Southern New York chapter and project manager.
"Here we have beautiful buildings that nobody knows about.You can't go online and find out about these buildings."Gerard
grew up in the Near Westside Neighborhood and recently returned to the area from New York City.
...The John Jones Museum
, the former Elmira Fire Station No. 4 on Maxwell Place, and several private residences are among places around Elmira that have historic value but get little recognition or attention, Gerard
A site doesn't even have to be a building to qualify, she
Gull Island, a Chemung River island in Elmira, is unique because the Audubon Society
says gulls breed there, even though they usually breed close to large bodies of water, Gerard
At some point, historic markers might be placed at some of the lesser-known sites, but that's for a future project, she
"That needs to be done.What we're just trying to do is say these are notable sites and they exist and you have no other way to find them," Gerard
...Gerard, an architect with a keen interest in local history, says her travels proved to her that this area's architectural history needs better promotion.
"We were in Canada getting travel brochures.Elmira and Chemung County aren't even being documented," Gerard