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Village board approves architecture survey

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - Updated: 7:32 PM

ST. JOHNSVILLE -- The St. Johnsville Village Board of Trustees discussed and voted to accept a proposal by Village Historian Anita Smith and Planning Board Chair Robert Smith to have a year-long reconnaissance level architecture survey done for some 600 village structures with the goal of creating a historic district and ultimately applying for New York State and National Register of Historic Places designation.

The survey will be completed by Historic Preservation Consultant Jessie Ravage, of Cooperstown.

“The survey will encompass a detailed architectural description of every structure in the village accompanied by a digital photograph, digital copies of pertinent historic maps, an historical narrative identifying potential themes of significance, conclusions concerning historic integrity of individual properties, potential historic districts, and recommendations for further work,” said Robert Smith.

The cost of the survey is $11,448.20. Smith has written a grant to the Preservation League of New York State, based in Albany, to cover the bulk of the cost. Proceeds from the grant and private donations will cover all but ten percent of the cost. The Village of St. Johnsville will pay the remaining ten percent, which comes to $1,144.82.

In the late 1970s, Anita Smith, then the Montgomery County Historian, single-handedly undertook an architectural survey of the village of St. Johnsville using pen and paper and a Polaroid camera with an eye towards creating several Historic Districts for nomination to the New York State and National Register of Historic Places.

The project had passed its first review when village officials ordered the old stone store on the corner of Kingsbury Avenue and East Main Street torn down, causing the state to lose interest.

     

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