From Cathryn Anders, President
Given the presence of a full time Executive Director, the society has made progress on a number of hoped for goals. News of our activities and events has regularly been in the local and regional papers. It is interesting to note that special events, such as Festival of Toys, have been more attended by people outside the town than within.
The society has partnered with a number of other organizations on specific events and continuing projects that are mutually beneficial. HERoes In Deed has cleared the debris as well as dead and dying trees from the back of the Baird Tavern property and will landscape the area as a passive nature park for the enjoyment of the community. The society both more actively participated in the New York “Paths through History” weekend and opened Baird Tavern for the “Tavern Trail”, as well as providing access to the archive for the research on Iron Forge Inn and Chateau Hathorn. Several of our board participated in the society’s first time in the village Memorial Day parade, some riding in vintage cars. Read More>>
Christopher Jend: Picturesque Effect in Warwick Architecture
Presentation, September 10, 2017, 2 pm
Architect E. G. W. Dietrich (1857-1924), a native of Pittsburgh, Pa, came to prominence in the 1880’s for his eye-catching designs of shingle style country residences. Finding success on the East coast, he relocated to New York City, where he would practice for nearly forty years. An early proponent of the Colonial Revival and Arts and Crafts styles, he had an early following in Warwick, designing the Red Swan Inn, the Anchorage, Dulce Domum, The Arches–now part of St. Anthony’s hospital and the Dutch Reformed Church, among others.
Christopher Jend will share both his research and collection of drawings and photographs during the presentation.
Since the time when Oakland had only a few houses, it continues to be one of Warwick’s most beautiful streets, with Victorian era houses for the most part, set back from the road, with neat lawns and stately trees. Former President of the Village Clinton Wisner, working with the architect E. G. W. Dietrich, built the Anchorage and Dulce Domum in the 1880’s on the west side of Oakland. Later they worked together on several other residences, the Red Swan Inn and the Reformed church in the Village. Samuel Welling’s large white house still stands on the east side of Oakland and several of the Wisner/Dietrich cottages still enliven Clinton Avenue and Linden Place with their charming English character. (Warwick Village Historian Jean Beattie May.)
The exhibition will feature photographs and drawings of these and other buildings from September 9 through 23rd.
Reservations for the presentation are highly recommended.
A.W. Buckbee Center, 2 Colonial Ave., 845-986-3236