Separate awards have been bestowed for the preservation efforts and adaptive re-use of two historic structures in Hawley, the Hawley Silk Mill and Ledges Hotel. Grant Genzlinger, who is a key developer of both properties and partner in the projects, affirmed that recognition for the efforts to save these old buildings is “just great.” An avid historian as well as a businessman, Genzlinger commented that he really feels the Silk Mill would have eventually been torn down had they not been saved. The award for the Hawley Silk Mill was presented by Preservation Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth’s sole statewide, private nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting historical and architecturally significant properties. The organization was created by the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 1982. The presentation was made Sept. 28 in York. The Hawley Silk Mill was built in 1880 as the Bellemonte Silk Mill, believed to be the largest bluestone building in the world. Its purpose for the next 106 years, through various owners, was textile manufacturing. In 1990 the facility re-opened for an antique and reproduction business. The property was acquired in 2009 by an investment group to adapt the structure for a community college, professional offices and services, and retail. Another part of the project was the Cocoon Coffee Shop, which was first to open in February 2010. Lackawanna College opened at the Silk Mill that August. The architect overseeing the renovations was Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. This firm also received an award in 2012 connected with the project. The American Institute of Architects recognized the firm’s work for readaptive reuse of an industrial building. On Sunday, Oct. 21, the Wayne County Historical Society is presenting an award for Historic Preservation to Ledges Hotel LLC. This companion project involved the extensive restoration of what was originally the J.S. O’Connor cut glass factory, at the base of the falls directly behind the Hawley Silk Mill. The glass factory was built in 1890. Ledges Hotel was opened in 2011. The award is to be presented at the Historical Society banquet at Settler’s Inn. Ledges Hotel LLC is madeup of Justin Genzlinger, Grant and Jeanne Genzlinger and John Shuman. Hawley Silk Mill LLC, responsible for the mill project, includes the same partners as well as Anthony Waldron II, esq.
The three structures- the Silk Mill, coffee shop and Ledges Hotel- are each listed with the National Register of Historic Places.
Wayne County Historical Society awards
Other 2012 awards being presented by the Wayne County Historical Society include: • Lifetime Achievement Award- Richard L. Kreitner • Historic Preservation- The Cooperage, Honesdale (Pennell Whitney and Edward Cremo) • Historic Preservation- The Mansion at Noble Lane, Bethany (Monique Greenwood) • Historic Advocacy- Margaret Steffen, author of The Rural Schools of Wayne County.