One of Newburgh’s architectural gems – 288 Grand Street – a possible Frederick Clarke Withers designed home in the A.J. Downing tradition – is in need.
On Thursday, September 27th at 10am, the City of Newburgh will open the mansion as a preview for the silent auction. This Broker’s Opening is a rare opportunity to connect buyers to this magnificent home.
Please come to photograph the home, learn its history and write about the situation so that we can find the right person to restore it. It’s important that we get the word out about the urgent needs of our historic district. Every architectural rarity that we lose further destroys the fabric of our community.
The Newburgh area has a rich history as well as great natural beauty. It may be that the confluence of history and beauty caused the extraordinary flowering of architecture here that had a national impact. A flourishing 19th century economy was a magnet for many of the era’s most influential architects. Andrew Jackson Downing, a Newburgh native, established the nation’s first architectural collaborative with his colleagues A.J. Davis, Calvert Vaux and Frederick Clarke Withers, at Highland Gardens, his nursery and estate once located in the heart of Newburgh’s Historic East End.
RSVP to the Department of Planning & Development at (845) 569-9400 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org