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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 […]


Getting Technical with Oscar

Posted on: April 28th, 2020 No Comments

By Christine Bush Greetings everyone, Oscar the Grotesque here, ready to look more closely at Adirondack architecture, historic buildings, and preservation opportunities. I hope you had fun drafting up sketches and field notes of your homes last week. Now that you understand your house a little better, perhaps you feel like it is time to start […]


Map YOUR Backyard

Posted on: April 25th, 2020 1 Comment

By AARCH Staff Need a break, or some fresh air, or maybe both? Us too. We at AARCH are with all of YOU – coping with the emotional and deeply impactful toll of our current situation. Take a break, like us. We want to learn more about your world from YOU, our generous and passionate […]


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 […]


So What’s An “EMBEDAWATT?”

Posted on: February 4th, 2020 No Comments

By Steven Engelhart. This piece arrives at precisely the right moment. A January 2020 opinion piece in the New York Times targeted historic preservation as an out-of-touch field that negatively impacts communities, as well as a movement that does not support building a more sustainable, environmentally-friendly planet. Alongside the responses of our colleagues at the […]


Great Camps Tourism

Posted on: May 6th, 2019 4 Comments

By Virginia Siskavich. One of the questions we get asked most often over the busy summer tourism season is “Which Great Camps can I visit?”  Visitors are often dismayed to hear that there are only three Great Camps regularly open to the public — Camp Sagamore near Raquette Lake, Camp Santanoni in Newcomb, and White […]