Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation announces start of construction at 65 Phila Street – Saratogian
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – A transformation has begun at 65 Phila St. in Saratoga Springs as part of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation’s Revive 65 initiative.
In May 2021, the foundation purchased the 1851 Alexander A. Patterson House at 65 Phila Street, which is significant because of its associations with the early development of the city, spring waters, and the Jewish community.
The foundation recently announced that Syracuse-based ERSI has begun interior demolition, including removal of all plaster and lathe, and will begin environmental abatement in the coming weeks.
Prior to demolition, Bonacio Construction carefully removed all historic window frames which will be stored until they can be restored.
“ERSI is grateful for our involvement in the transformation of 65 Phila Street by the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation. One of the last destroyed houses on the street, this rehabilitation marks progress towards a more sustainable neighborhood,” said Chad Parks, vice president of ERSI, in a press release.
The foundation’s Revive 65 committee evaluated the building’s existing conditions, including an environmental assessment and window survey, as well as completed, existing, and proposed architectural drawings.
In March, the City of Saratoga Springs Design Review Board approved the foundation’s application for a historical review. The building permit to carry out the first works was approved at the end of April.
In addition to the abatement, the Foundation will make structural repairs and complete an exterior restoration before selling it to someone who will complete the interior rehabilitation and be a good steward for years to come.
“We are delighted to [finally] begin this first stage of this rehabilitation of 65 rue Phila. Thank you to all of our friends who have contributed so far,” the foundation’s executive director, Samantha Bosshart, said in a press release.
Anyone can support the foundation’s efforts for Revive 65 by donating or becoming a member. In addition to preserving this important historic community resource, the foundation documents the process, and the project has spawned multiple educational programs.
Founded in 1977, the foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes the preservation and enhancement of the architectural, cultural and landscape heritage of Saratoga Springs.
More information about the Revive 65 foundation and project is available by visiting www.saratogapreservation.org or calling (518) 587-5030.