The public has special access Tuesday evening to a room where major decisions were once made in the City of Binghamton.
The Preservation Association of the Southern Tier, or PAST, is holding its annual meeting tomorrow in the old City Council Chambers Room inside the Grand Royale Hotel.
The 1897 building was originally built as Binghamton’s City Hall.
Aside from reviewing recent accomplishments and future plans, PAST will be handing out historic preservation awards.
PAST Executive Director Roger Luther says many architectural gems managed to survive the city’s period of urban renewal.
“Many of these buildings were seriously considered for demolition, including the one we’re in was very nearly demolished. And it was saved because a couple of local people, a grassroots group, spoke up, came to City Council meetings, spoke up, and the building was saved,” said Luther.
The event, which Luther says is as much party as it is meeting, runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and is free and open to the public.
PAST is also holding its annual garden tour this Saturday in Apalachin.
For more information and to reserve a spot, go to PASTNY.org.