NEWSLETTER, February 2003, Part Two
From the Journal, Saturday, January 25
Thirteen members attended the Annual, HVVA meeting and show-and-tell at the Marbletown firehouse in Ulster County. Jim Decker brought some local iron work including an early drop-ring and latch of a Dutch door. Peter Sinclair brought a complete but unused set of Dutch door hardware found in Woodstock, perhaps made during the 1920 to 1950 Dutch Revival. The forging is well done and would fool most observers if it were found on a door. The hinges have makers stamps with an "R". Robert Eurich brought a two-lite window sash with 1 1/4 , inch muntins and two early decorative H-hinges from the Cadwalader Colden house in Orange County. He talked about its history and showed a collection of photographs of the house now being saved by the County as a stone ruin. Part of the interior was removed and reconstructed in the Metropolitan Museum.
Two new HVVA trustees were elected: Conrad Fingado and Paul Spencer. Future events were discussed. Tours were set for the next three months and a subcommittee formed to organize one or two public events for the summer/fall that would include presentations and lectures. An HVVA publicity kit for site owners was suggested that would help people understand their vernacular buildings and give guidelines for restoration. The annual income and expenses were presented.
Six Date-Stones in the front wall The Wynkoop House (Uls-Sau-31) Saugerties, Ulster County, New York
The windows in the front of the house have long lintels of bluestone that are engraved with symbols, initials and dates. These six commemorative stones need study and interpretation. Do they represent an extended family or group of families? Are they in someway connected to the Masonic symbols on the Wynkoop stone #5? All but one of the stones indicate a 1790 date and this seems consistent with the construction of the house when judged by style of fireplaces, moldings, beam size and their pattern of placement. The 1740 stone in the back wall seems to date an earlier house of which perhaps rafters, beams, paneling and some window sashes have been reused.
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