Thursday, February 16, 2012

They're Back!

In October 2011, Gossips reported that the cellar windows at General Worth's birthplace had been sealed up--something that should never be done with historic houses because it can cause damaging moisture problems. The Historic Preservation Commission took up the issue, declaring that eliminating the cellar windows was not part of the plan presented for a certificate of appropriateness, and ordered that the cellar windows be reinstated. The cellar windows clearly appear in this rendering of the finished building, which was submitted to the HPC with the application for a certificate of appropriateness.  

The HPC carried the day, and this morning workers were busy removing the stone that had sealed up the window openings. 


  1. Correct me if I'm wrong, but by my count this is the first victory for historic preservation in the last ten years.

  2. Man,that ironic.HPC let them historically wreck the rest of the Worth house,but they
    successfully get cellar windows opened
    I would most likely credit you from your post Tuesday, October 11, 2011
    with photos- "Ventilation is critical to moisture control in historic buildings--moisture being the most prevalent cause of deterioration in older buildings--and there is ample evidence that sealing up cellar windows exacerbates moisture problems." C.Otserink

    and yet this was Galloway's people's excuse for what they did to that house and HPC let them.
    From Gossips blog Saturday, December 11, 2010
    " But when Swope suggested that, instead of a "veneered wall," the front wall should be rebuilt in its original three-brick configuration.[ Charles] Vieni,[ a structural engineer from Claverack], however, protested that if the wall were rebuilt exactly as it was "you lose all the R-value of creating the veneered wall." (R-value is a measure of thermal resistance.) " Gossips12/11/10

    HPC caved and just let them do anything they wanted. I want to cry ,when I see that photo from 12/11/10 you posted and then see what they did to one of the most important historic buildings in Hudson.

  3. I so agree with you Prison Alley - hollow victory at the least.