Friday, July 6, 2018

Questions Continue About the Carpenter Gothic

The restoration of 335 Allen Street now appears to be complete. Curtains at some of the windows suggest that part of the house may already be occupied. 

In April, Gossips shared the explanation for why this project never went before the Historic Preservation Commission and expressed the opinion that if it had the carved railing on top of the porch, seen in the pictures below, might have been restored or replicated, returning the house to the way it was meant to look.

Photo: Historic Hudson, Rowles Studio Collection
Photo: Byrne Fone, c. 2003
Yesterday, a different addition to the property appeared that raised more questions.

Does this sign, which seems enormous, exceed the size limitations for a sign in a residential R-3 district? Why didn't the sign go before the Historic Preservation Commission for a certificate of appropriateness? It is, after all, in a historic district.

Gossips has posed both these questions to the code enforcement officer and is awaiting a response. Let's hope the answer to one or both of the questions involves the information that the sign is only temporary.


  1. That railing, or most of it anyway, was carefully stacked behind the house for many years. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if somebody with enough money put it back.

  2. Again, this building, as with the former library is suffering a terrible misreading of the Historic Preservation law by the Historic Preservation Commission. Section 169-5 states quite plainly that "A certificate of appropriateness is required to carry out any exterior alteration, additions, restoration, reconstruction, demolition, new construction, or moving of a landmark or property within an historic district, or to make any material change in the appearance of such a property or its windows, or install or move a satellite dish. This certificate is to be obtained prior to obtaining a building permit." The C of A has NOTHING to do with the building inspector.

  3. The sign appears to be a temporary sign, which shouldn't need approval.
    Permanent signs need approval and we see how well that's worked out.

  4. Do you have an inteiror pictures of the house. I bought a house similar and this one is the closest one I've seen to it.