39 Lutheran Street started off like looking like this in this photo circa 1895. A cute front porch, dainty shutters, a newly planted tree, and a post for horses make this home desirable. It’s listed as being the residence of Caleb Woodruff. And, it was designed by renowned Newburgh architecht Frank E. Estabrook. One hundred and sixteen years later this home looks totally different.
An extension to the roof has been made, a new house was built next door, the cornice was covered or removed, as well as the shutters, and it looks like they took out one of the bay windows and made it into a door to access the porch roof. It’s amazing to see that the original porch is still in tact and that the original doors are there. However, this is an old photo taken by the city. Some things might be different. This home is up for auction on April 14th. In fact, a lot of homes on Lutheran Street are up for auction. Hopefully in the future, this will be a different before and after.