Community Preservation Committee

Our Mission

The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the architectural and historical elements of Auburn, Cayuga County and the surrounding areas through advocacy, education and awareness activities. The CPC and its members strive to save our past for future generations of this community by supporting and promoting historic preservation.

Our Success
In 1990, the Community Preservation Committee acquired the Willard Memorial Chapel and its attached Welch Building. At the time, the structure was threatened with demolition. It is the only remaining building of the historic Auburn Theological Seminary and the only chapel interior known to exist featuring a total Louis Comfort Tiffany design. This dual significance quickly placed the Willard Memorial Chapel in both the State and National Registers of Historic Places. We received National Historic Landmark Designation in 2005 and have been awarded by the Preservation League of New York.

Efforts to preserve, restore and maintain the chapel complex continue to this day. Saving this jeweled historic treasure is but one testament to our historic preservation success. There are many more to be made.

CPC Activities, Events and Offerings
• Semi-annual Historic Homes Tour
• Annual Chefs’ Night
• Archive room of the Auburn Theological Seminary
• Tiffany concert series
• Holiday concerts and open house
• Evening programs related to preservation topics
• Our own publications available for purchase
• Unique wedding venue open to the public

Reasons to Join the CPC Now
Support the continuing efforts of the Community Preservation Committee. Your annual membership entitles you to the following benefits:
• Community Preservation Chronicles newsletter
• Tours of the Willard Memorial Chapel
• A preservation voice in the community
• Contribution to our community’s historic preservation
• Opportunity to meet others interested in preservation
• Discount on community room rentals and gift shop purchases
• Tiffany level memberships include all of the above plus 2 tickets
   to the annual Chef's Night

Click here to download a Membership Form.

Please contact the Community Preservation Committee at (315) 252.0339 or email: for more information about joining or helping out the CPC.