Posts Tagged ‘restoration’

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Get to Know Your House with Oscar

Posted on: April 21st, 2020 No Comments
Field Notes Kit for House Work

By Christine Bush Greetings everyone, Oscar the Grotesque here, ready to look more closely at Adirondack architecture, historic buildings, and helping you find preservation opportunities of your own. Last week we talked a little bit about how architectural details, such as eaves can help you identify the architectural style of your building. This week we […]


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 […]


Stewardship Through The Generations

Posted on: February 27th, 2015 1 Comment

By Kate Ritter. My inspiration for pursuing a career in historic preservation can be traced to many sources.  Growing up, my parents always sought opportunities to introduce us to the built environment through guided tours, books, adventures in the car and on-foot.  They made sure we all appreciated the satisfaction of squarely hammering a nail, […]


We Became Preservationists

Posted on: September 7th, 2014 2 Comments

by Virginia Siskavich-Bosley. By the time my parents bought their dream house in 1990, it was already a century old.  I was heading into the 7th grade when we packed up our belongings and two cats, two dogs, two parents, and seven kids (we’re a family of ten, but my three oldest siblings were already […]