Landmark District will reuse dismantled Red Barn wood, pictured above, for community enhancement. (Photo OSI)
NY—July 19, 2016—The Open Space Institute (OSI) and Historic Huguenot Street today
announced that the New Paltz-based historic district and museum will be the
recipient of reclaimed material salvaged from the deconstruction of the failing
Studley Barn on Butterville Road. The agreement allows for material from the
barn structure, which has been deemed to be structurally unsound by licensed engineers, to be thoughtfully repurposed
within the community.
it has been determined by the Town that the existing Studley Barn is not ‘historically
significant,’ we acknowledge the loss of the recognizable building and are
pleased to partner with Historic Huguenot Street, which has committed to giving
salvageable material from the barn a new life,” said Kim Elliman, OSI’s
President and CEO.
potential and existing structures on our street will greatly benefit from the
aged wood, windows and doors, and we are pleased to have a part in ensuring New
Paltz’ beloved buildings remain in our Town and Village," said Mary Etta
Schneider, Historic Huguenot Street President and Board Chair.
in late July, workers will begin to dismantle Studley Barn, donating salvageable
materials to Historic Huguenot Street. The barn will be replaced by a new caretaker
residence associated with OSI-owned properties in the area, including the River-to-Ridge
Trail, the highly anticipated scenic and recreational off-road trail leading
from downtown New Paltz to the Shawangunk Ridge.
OSI’s original plans called for adapting the Studley Barn for reuse, engineers
found that the structure’s integrity was severely compromised, with inadequate
wall and column foundations, leaning structural columns on both barn levels,
and weak roof framing. The report found that the barn was in the process of
failing and that it could not be secured without substantial investment.
Repurposing the salvageable materials is a fitting alternative that underscores
both OSI and Historic Huguenot Street’s preservation and sustainability goals.
Work on the new structure is expected to continue through
the rest of the calendar year, with a goal of occupying the new residence by
early 2017. Recognizing the rich agricultural heritage of this landscape,
the building will take architectural cues from the existing barn, including
such details as red-stained wood siding and a standing seam metal roof. The
residence will also have a lower profile than the existing barn on the property
allowing for expanded views to the ridge from Butterville Road. Once complete with landscaping, the property will
be in keeping with the scenic and agricultural tradition of this landscape.
In anticipation of building the residence, all necessary
permits have been secured from the Town of New Paltz Building Department for
the removal of the barn and construction of the new caretaker
residence. Additionally, OSI has been in contact with neighbors close to the
project to round out its due diligence.
With a planned opening in 2017, the six-mile long River-to-Ridge
Trail will be accessible free of charge, allowing hikers, cyclists and others
to enjoy a ten-foot-wide path meandering through farm fields and over gently
rolling hills. The trail will also enable cyclists to safely bypass Route 299,
currently the primary road leading from New Paltz to the preserves, and will allow
direct access to 90 miles of recreational carriage roads and trails at the
Mohonk Preserve and the Minnewaska State Park Preserve.
In May, OSI also announced that a formal lease agreement
between OSI and the Village of New Paltz had been struck, allowing a 15-acre
parcel of village-owned property on Springtown Road to be transformed into a trail
gateway with enhanced parking and trail amenities. Under the 20-year agreement,
OSI will fully fund the planned improvements, which will include parking for up
to 45 vehicles, and maintain and manage it as a community asset to New Paltz.
National Historic Landmark District, Historic Huguenot Street is a 501(c)3
non-profit that encompasses 30 buildings across 10 acres that was the heart of
the original 1678 New Paltz settlement, including seven stone houses that date
to the early eighteenth century. It was founded in 1894 as the Huguenot
Patriotic, Historical, and Monumental Society to preserve the nationally
acclaimed collection of stone houses.
Since then, Historic Huguenot Street has grown into an innovative
museum, chartered as an educational corporation by the University of the State
of New York Department of Education that is dedicated to protecting our
historic buildings, conserving an important collection of artifacts and
manuscripts, and promoting the stories of the Huguenot Street families, from
the sixteenth century to today.
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