Posts Tagged ‘historic preservation’

Schuyler Falls Historic Water Main

Posted on: July 21st, 2020 No Comments

This week Oscar travels to Schuyler Falls, NY, to learn more about an interesting artifact on display at the Town Hall, an early wooden water main. The first wood stave pipe for a waterworks system was built in Rochester, New York, between 1867 and 1870, bringing water from a lake 16 mile distant through a […]


Plaster Restoration and Repair

Posted on: July 7th, 2020 No Comments

Greetings everyone, Oscar the Grotesque here, joining you for another week to look more closely at Adirondack architecture, historic buildings, and preservation opportunities. This week I am joined by my special guest Tom Podhrazsky owner of  White Pine Studio. Tom has recently relocated to the Adirondacks and is hard at work restoring his Greek Revival […]


FIRE PREVENTION IN HISTORIC BUILDINGS

Posted on: June 29th, 2020 No Comments

Greetings everyone, Oscar the Grotesque here, joining you for another week to look more closely at Adirondack architecture, historic buildings, and preservation opportunities. The recent fire at White Pine Camp and last week’s fire in Ausable Forks, which completely consumed a 1920’s home, injuring the occupants has me thinking about fire safety and prevention in […]


Wood Siding

Posted on: June 9th, 2020 No Comments

Greetings everyone, Oscar the Grotesque here, joining you for another week to look more closely at Adirondack architecture, historic buildings, and preservation opportunities. This week I would like to talk about exterior wood siding. Understanding the kind of wooden cladding your property has, and how it was made, can help you make the best decisions […]


Lilacs

Posted on: June 2nd, 2020 No Comments

Greetings everyone, Oscar the Grotesque here, joining you for another week to look more closely at Adirondack architecture, historic buildings, and preservation opportunities. This week with the danger of frost (fingers crossed) behind us and Spring bursting out around us in luscious shades of greens and a brilliant burst of color, our thoughts have turned to […]


PAINTING WITH OSCAR

Posted on: May 19th, 2020 No Comments

Greetings everyone, Oscar the Grotesque here, joining you for another week to look more closely at Adirondack architecture, historic buildings, and preservation opportunities. This week it looks like Spring is finally here to stay, and summer is in our sights!  It is the perfect time to start those exterior house projects.  Just like your car, […]


Restoring Old Windows with Oscar

Posted on: May 12th, 2020 No Comments

By Christine Bush Greetings everyone, Oscar the Grotesque here, joining you for another week to look more closely at Adirondack architecture, historic buildings, and preservation opportunities. This week we are going to talk about one of my favorite architectural features: Historic Wood Windows! Windows are perhaps the most character-defining element of an old house. They […]


Celebrate Preservation Month with Oscar

Posted on: May 5th, 2020 No Comments

By Christine Bush Greetings everyone, Oscar the Grotesque here, joining you for another week to look more closely at Adirondack architecture, historic buildings, and preservation opportunities. My friends and I at AARCH think every month is preservation month, but did you know? May is National Preservation Month!! Also known as Historic Preservation Month, the month […]


Oscar’s Observations: Eavesdropping

Posted on: April 14th, 2020 No Comments

By Christine Bush Oscar here, ready to bring you a new take on looking more closely at Adirondack architecture, historic buildings, and preservation opportunities. Last week, I mentioned that I reside on the eave* of an 1850s Adirondack farmhouse. This week I would like to talk a little bit about eaves. What is an eave, […]


Oscar’s Observations: Your Preservation Resource

Posted on: April 7th, 2020 2 Comments
Oscar's Observations

By Christine Bush Greetings All, My name is Oscar. I’m a friendly gargoyle with a certain expertise on observing historic buildings. My normal job is to protect my home by warding off evil, but my most important job is guarding the character of historic buildings. Mostly, I enjoy peering down from the eave with my […]