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Last week we posted about some of Newburgh’s finest rowhomes, Quality Row. A reader, Merridith Ingram, recently sent in photos of the before, middle, and after renovation process of updating her home. She thought that other Newburgh Restoration readers might like to see what a Quality Row home looks like on the inside.

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They removed A LOT of lead paint and refinished many surfaces, as you will be able to see through the progression of photos.

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The Ingram’s tried to stay as true to the layout as possible. The only adjustment made to the blueprint was to add a closet. They also added a new kitchen using Newburgh City’s own Royal Fine Woodworking.

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The results of the renovation are gorgeous, elegant, and compliment the historical character of the home.

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The kitchen looks amazing, and we love how they left the original fireplace in tact.

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Merridith wants people to know that families DO live in the City of Newburgh. They have three children, and their house is definitely a family house. One special spaced they carved out for their daughter is an art studio in the basement. As she said, “These big, old houses give kids a LOT of room for creativity.” My childhood self is drooling with jealousy!

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A hard lesson the Ingram’s learned about lead paint that they would like to share, “Regardless of how many surfaces you rehab or replace, you should always test it before exposing small children or pregnant women to the building.  It’s actually pretty easy to keep your kids safe if you follow some simple steps with renovations, and are aware of what should be cleaned frequently.  (http://www2.epa.gov/lead/protect-your-family).”

Thank you Merridith for such a wonderful tour! Hopefully this will inspire other families to restore a house and make Newburgh their home.

If you would like to share your own home renovation adventure photos, please email me.

04/23/13 9:00am

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On a small block on First Street in the City of Newburgh are a row of homes (112-120) that are kept in amazing condition known as Quality Row. They are really a showpiece for what other blocks in Newburgh have the potential to look like. Although the houses across the street don’t quite look like these, they are a breath of fresh air.

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These Federal style houses were designed in 1835 by Thornton Niven and built on land that had been the garden of Rev. John Brown. They are now national historic landmarks. The house at 116 First Street is known as the Clinton-Deyo House. It has a plaque that says that in 1836 Thomas Edison stayed there as a guest while establishing the Edison Illuminating Company. In 1883 it was Newburgh’s first private home to be wired for electricity. It was also wonderfully restored by Don Herron back in 1994. He unfortunately passed away this year.

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So where did the name Quality Row come from anyway? According to the 1891 publication Newburgh: Her Institutions, Industries and Leading Citizens, “At the time of their erection these house were considered much above the average in cost and elegance, and for this reason, combined with the high social standing of the original occupants, the buildings were known throughout the village as “Quality Row,” a designation which still lingers among our old families.” That designation still lingers today, over 100 years later!

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The homes still remain wonderfully intact.

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Other reading on Quality Row Newburgh:

Evening News-Letter to Editor 1982
Evening News-Artist Renovates Century Old House in a Unique Way 1989