Recently someone brought to my attention these old photos of the Selah Reeve house that can be found online at the Library of Congress. This home is currently in foreclosure and can be had for $32,900. It probably needs quadruple that amount in renovations, but this is one of Newburgh’s historic gems that no one wants to see ruined. It is said to be the
third oldest home (correction, just found out it’s the 2nd oldest home in Newburgh dating to c.1800). You can read all about the Reeves at the Preserve Newburgh website. Take a look at the photos below and you can see clues to the homes masonic ties. You can also see the rubble across the street from the destruction of urban renewal. It’s amazing to see many details that are still there. Check out the banister and railing that look to have been naturally polished with the oils from dwellers hands as they climbed the stairs.
A survey was done in 1968 by Columbia University. It states, ” A fine example of gambrel roof construction this building was owned by several of Newburgh’s more prominent citizens in the early part of the nineteenth century, and one room served for three years, 1817-1820, as the masonic lodge hall. From decorative elements and documents, the can be dated only as approximately of the 1800-1810 period. The entire block and surrounding neighborhood of other nineteenth century examples is currently threatened by urban renewal plans. Measured and drawn Spring, 1968 by C.R. Bierce in conjunction with work towards an M.S. Degree in the School of Architecture, Columbia University.”