Before and After: 267 Liberty Street

This before and after project comes from Thruway Builders. They were hired to complete the task of turning this shell of a building into a totally renovated space. There was absolutely nothing that could be saved of this home. The roof and all of the interior walls and features were gone. As president, Elbert Shamsid-Deen mentioned, sometimes working with shells are easier. I don’t know about you, but the fact that I can see through the building would scare me a whole lot! This home is about a block and half away from the college. (map)

The after photos show that the cornice was restored as was the slate roof and dormer windows. It was a gut renovation that turned out beautifully. This is a great example of how deciding where you choose to renovate your home can change the entire feel of a block. You get to decide what areas of Newburgh become revitalized. Imagine what it was like to live next to this empty building before it was restored. It must have been very scary and probably attracted unwanted attention. Today, this building is a beauty and increases a sense of pride to the area. As someone from the community mentioned, “The building will be looked at as a fine example of what the rest of that block of Liberty street can become.” This home is available for rent.

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  • amazing transformation when can i move in!!!!!!

  • amazing transformation when can i move in!!!!!!

  • It really was amazing. When you see the “before” and then the “after” it makes you appreciate the after so much more!

  • We need to celebrate more those who do such great work that’s relevant to our historic character to encourage others. There are many.

  • Excellent job!!! Kudos to all that take part in the effort to restore Newburgh. I love the history and it’s very exciting to see such wonderful work being done in this amazing city.

  • Excellent job!!! Kudos to all that take part in the effort to restore Newburgh. I love the history and it’s very exciting to see such wonderful work being done in this amazing city.

  • In the mid 80′s my ex-husband and I worked on restoring a few old brownstones on Grand Street, they were horrible when we started gutting but beautiful when completed. I really enjoyed that job.

  • I wish it was my house but it was only a job and ironically, several years later my sister rented the top floor apartment which made it extra special.

  • I wish it was my house but it was only a job and ironically, several years later my sister rented the top floor apartment which made it extra special.

  • I loved that apartment on the third floor. great view of the river :)

  • If I was younger or richer I would love to restore an old home to its original beauty.

  • Amazing! I love it. It’s just too bad that the rental market is so slow in Newburgh. I hope the incoming tenants take care of the place.

  • The four bedroom apartment is now available. Call Kathy at Mesh Realty. 565-6999.

  • Looks like a nice job.

    I notice right away that some of the brick needs to be repointed directly adjacent to the cornice end on the right (and bottom right and left at grade) and the cornice and trim need to be repaired for possible water infiltration. Give it a few years and these may be areas of water leaks, if not already. Note the eroded grout at grade in the picture with the new landscaping.

    Metal trim flashing above cornice is poorly constructed and should have been fabricated from one piece rather that small pieces as indicated.

    I also don’t see any flashing above any of the windows – water easily rolls backward, unless there’s a break of some type.

    Downspout at bottom right should reach the ground and push water past the building foundation. In it’s current condition, this will allow water to erode away the soil along the foundation bringing yet more water in towards the building.

    It’s an excellent case towards effort and painting a pretty picture. Unfortunately, poor exterior details are typically what allow buildings to fail from water infiltration in the first place.

    At the same time, kudos to the builder for trying to make something wonderful out of something such an eyesore and for trying to clean up Newburgh’s current image. It is a definite step in the right direction.

  • I think the contractor Thruway was fired for some of the items you point out, Stephen.