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Saturday, April 08, 2006

Another Mohawk Valley Treasure Gone.

The Jacob Houck house on Route 5S being removed for entrance way to Target. Posts in the house are hand hewn and around 20 feet long. The house was built in the early 19th century. An engraving of it can be found opposite page 114 in Beers History of Montgomery and Fulton Counties. Click on the photo for a larger view.Posted by Picasa

4 Comments:

  • What a shame.
    Are there any pictures in the blog showing the house as it once was?
    Thanks for sharing something I'd not have seen otherwise.

    By Anonymous Lake George Guy, at 11:43 PM  

  • It looks like the house -or parts of it- are being salvaged. There's an interesting trade in beams and other wood that is recovered from old homes and finds its way into new ones or rehabs. Sadly, it doesn't save the structure, but it does offer a new life to some of its pieces.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:21 AM  

  • I will attempt to photograph or scan the engraving of the house in Beers History of Montgomery County and post it here.

    I agree that it looks like someone is salvaging and re-using parts of the house. In fact, I am planning to inquire about the floor boards as I need some for the pre-Revolutionary War house that I am restoring. Unfortunately, people in the wealthier parts of New York State and Connecticut have an interest in old houses, whereas here there is very little interest. Many old barns and houses in this area have been dismantled and re-used to build multi-million dollar mansions on Long Island, The Hamptons, etc.

    By Blogger Dan Weaver, at 7:29 AM  

  • The Towns around Amsterdam need to start thinking about zoning to preserve aspects of their landscape, including historical homes, which is one of the most beautiful in the north east.

    By Blogger Strikeslip, at 6:49 AM  

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