09/08/15 7:30am


These bricked up façades are a dime a dozen in Newburgh. They were once storefronts with cast iron columns and window displays that were later on converted into apartments. From a preservation standpoint, these conversions could almost be seen as a savior for some of these buildings. Adaptation for a new purpose is what has kept these properties viable. When Newburgh lost its industries, it lost its small business owners as well. Slowly, some of these spaces are being converted back to their original purpose, like this one at 13 Chambers Street, a former funeral home. The windows were removed and the original cast iron columns were sandwiched into brick infill. Architect, Jeff Wilkinson was able to design a new storefront for his future office. The new façade is attractive and transparent, which is known to increase walkabilty.

This project was made possible by the Newburgh Community Land Bank, which oversaw the clean up of lead and asbestos.

Imagine if all the bricked-over storefronts in Newburgh could be converted back to actual stores? See below for the way the building looks now, as well as office and residential opportunities.

13 chambers after


13 Chambers After A

The Ground Floor is set up as 3 suites. Architect, Jeff Wilkinson will be taking the front section. The other 2 suites are available for tenants. Anyone interested can contact Jeff Wilkinson at: 845-838-9763, jawil[at]earthlink.net

13 Chambers office Collage

Also available below is the 2nd floor 2 bedroom apartment that includes a separate den which would make a nice home office. Price is $1050 per month plus utilities. Contact Madeline Fletcher at the NCLB for more details.

13 Chambers Apt Collage

-Photos from Jeff Wilkinson

10/28/14 7:30am

Bad Sidewalk

Newburgh has amazing century-old architecture. It also has other great features like the century-old bluestone sidewalks. Unfortunately in many locations they have been removed or are in poor condition. Architect, Drew Kartiganer, just finished repairing and restoring the sidewalk in front of 238 and 240 Liberty Street. The project was possible through the sidewalk replacement grant through the City of Newburgh. Mr. Kartiganer says the sidewalk repair cost over $12,000 and would not have been possible without the grant.

They replaced about 40% of the bluestones and reset about 90% of the front walk on the street by removing the stones and old base. Afterwards, a 3″ to 4″ sand base was compacted and stones were cut to fit as required. They then reset the stones. Cobblestones details were added to define planters near the trees. Mr. Kartiganer says, “The sidewalk was uneven before we started, to say the least, with a lot of dips, cracks and grass growing up in the cracks.  You can now walk on it without looking down, which is unusual where the bluestones are located in the historic district.”

Thank you for helping to maintain the character that makes Newburgh special. For the full scope of the work that was done, see the photos below.  






Before and after side walk repair final

Bluestone Sidewalk

10/08/14 7:30am

75 Liberty St Newburgh NY

75 Liberty got an extreme makeover over the past months. It was on the market last year and since then has been bought up by an investor who has rehabbed the building. I had the chance to speak to one of the workers and he said the owner was doing “quality work” on the building. They went before the ARC for for paint colors and windows. The final result is much cleaner and fresh. It is still going to remain a 4 family rental when this easily could’ve been used for just one family, or at most 2. So it goes in Newburgh. Overall, it is good to see that the building is being maintained.

75 Liberty After

08/20/14 7:30am

143 William Street Newburgh NY

143 William Street was a Rescue Me home last summer here on Newburgh Restoration. The home has been completely redone and now it up for sale. The strange siding and peeling paint have all been removed and fresh coat of brick red paint has been applied.The sidewalk has also been completely redone. Original hardwood floors remain throughout the building and there are many new updates. William Street is still a very raw and abandoned area. There are rows of vacant buildings on this street. However, there are the foundations for a great block with mixed-use potential. For now, at least one more home has been saved.

If you have your own before and after photos to share of your home exterior or interior and would like to share it on Newburgh Restoration, please email me.

143 William St After

07/30/14 7:30am

15 Chambers Before

This before and after post is of the old funeral home on Chambers Street. It was hard to imagine this building ever looking anything else than a funeral home, but the new owner, the Newburgh Community Land Bank, has successfully changed the facade into a more appealing building that leaves no hint of an eerie funeral home past. This building will be their new offices and it looks like it will be ready for staff any day now.

If you have your own before and after photos to share of your home exterior or interior and would like to share it on Newburgh Restoration, please email me.

15 Chambers After

13 and 15 Chambers Street Newburgh NY

06/11/14 7:30am


This Before and After post is located in the Colonial Terraces Neighborhood of Newburgh. This section of the city is full of attached homes that were originally created for ship builders working on the waterfront during WWI. As you can see below the house was boarded up and unsightly. The owners have done a nice job at updating the home but keeping historical touches in place like the colored glass and built-ins. The property is available to for rent. If you are interested, there will be an open house this Saturday, June 14 from 12:00-4:00pm.



31 Wilson Kitchen Collage


Wilson Collage



Wilson Bathroom Collage