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Paint Colors in Adirondack Architecture

Posted on: March 20th, 2015 1 Comment

By Mary B. Hotaling.  Choices of exterior colors for Adirondack buildings have historically been governed by availability of paints, preferences for style, and the owners’ desire for either visibility or privacy. One source of paint was provided by the mountains themselves.  “In the fall of 1893 D.M. Haley…discovered a deposit of ‘mineral paint’ near ‘Crain’ Mountain.”  According to River, Rails and Ski Trails, a history of the Town of Johnsburg, this deposit “is composed largely of aluminum combined with iron oxides.  The iron, being fully oxidized by the natural elements before it is mined, cannot undergo further change, while the >> More