Madoo Conservancy Earns Grant from Preservation League

A quiet corner at the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack.

The Madoo Conservancy was one of eight groups from Long Island and New York City to be awarded a preservation grant from the Preservation League of New York. The $8,000 grant will be used to complete a Cultural Landscape Report of the grounds of the Sagaponack nonprofit.

According to a press release issued this week, the Cultural Landscape Report will be conducted by the LaGuardia Design Group, a Water Mill-based landscape architecture firm. It will include a thorough analysis of existing conditions of the Madoo Conservancy gardens, the identification of existing plants in different seasons, recommendations for repair, restoration and treatment, cost estimates, and a final report.

The project will be completed in accordance with the standards of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (SHPO), and the final report will be based on the National Park Service standards, including supporting documentation such as maps and photographs. According to officials at Madoo, the report will serve not only as a reference, but will also help in strategic planning, allowing the nonprofit to raise funds for new projects.

The New York State Council on the Arts together with the Preservation League of New York State and the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation announced eight regional recipients of the 26th round of grant funding through Preserve New York at a news conference

on Wednesday, October 3. In New York City and Long Island, a total of eight grants worth $72,370 were awarded. In addition to Madoo Conservancy, Sylvester Manor Educational Farm also earned a $10,000 grant for the Sylvester Manor Burying Ground Cultural Landscape Report. The Manor plans to hire Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects of New York City to articulate the importance of the old burying ground, a part of the most intact remnant of a northern plantation, settled on Shelter Island in 1652 by sugar merchant Nathaniel Sylvester.

“We recognize the importance of preservation work to help maintain the historic and cultural richness of New York,” said Katherine Nicholls, Chair of the New York State Council on the Arts. “NYSCA is proud to partner with Preservation League of New York State to provide organizations and municipalities across the state with financial support to advance their preservation initiatives.”

“The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation is delighted to have partnered with the Preservation League of New York State to specifically aid our Long Island historic stewards,” said Kathryn M. Curran, Executive Director of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.

“Thanks to the League’s record of making effective preservation grants through Preserve New York and TAG, our program partner, the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), has increased regrant funding significantly over the past several years,” said Erin Tobin, the League’s Vice President for Policy and Preservation. “At the same time, in response to growing demand, the League has successfully lined up additional support to leverage NYSCA funding and League resources.”

Since 1993, Preserve New York has provided more than $2.6 million in funding to 407 projects statewide.