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Built in 1832, Survived in 2011

Posted on: January 22nd, 2015 2 Comments

By Martha Spear. Our Upper Jay farmhouse has a sign on it saying it was built in 1832.  No one living knows for sure if that’s true.  I spent some hours in the Essex County, NY Clerk’s office looking up ownership records, and got back pretty far, but not to 1832.  So the handmade plaque […]


The Making of a Preservationist

Posted on: December 8th, 2014 No Comments

By Steven Engelhart. As the executive director of Adirondack Architectural Heritage and a contributing writer to The AARCHER, I’ll write about a lot of things closely connected to our work – preservation success stories and failures, interesting people that I meet along the way, my views on various regional preservation issues, the stories that historic […]


Feeling Place: A Day at Dannemora

Posted on: November 6th, 2014 No Comments

By Kate Ritter. We often experience architecture by physical means – moving through a space, touching its walls, studying the way a truss is joined. But another important side of understanding a building is through the emotions it evokes.  These can be generated through accounts of people and historic events, and also through atmosphere, which […]


Loco for Poke-O

Posted on: October 5th, 2014 No Comments

By David Thomas-Train. The Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine is a  long-time project of AARCH, which kindly  lends us its tax-exempt status along with office space.  We’ve worked  here for over a decade,  restoring the fire tower, summit, and trails  for education and recreation on that nearby and strangely named mountain. I’ve had the fun and  occasional frustration of […]


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 […]