Restoring The Point in Staatsburg, NY
& Preserving the Design Legacy of Calvert Vaux
The past year has been an exciting one of leadership growth for CVPA and we are happy to report that 2019 has kicked off with strong opportunities to grow an organization with the capacity to restore The Point.
Our Successes to Date:
The Vaux-designed structures and landscape at The Point have languished since Robert Moses seized the site in the early 1960s to unite Mills and Norrie Parks into a single recreation area. Over the more than half century since, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) has made valiant efforts toward rescuing the property’s nationally-important mid-nineteenth-century country seat, often referred to as Hoyt House.
- Beginning in 1993, NYS Parks began to undertake a broad range of professional studies and surveys necessary to conduct and fund major restoration and adaptive reuse. Needs and opportunities of The Point’s structures and setting were detailed in the 2013 Mills Norrie Master Plan.
- More recently, CVPA Board members with preservation training have worked with NYS Parks to assess existing reports, as well as to identify new studies and research needed to guide and support ongoing restoration.
- Over the most recent decade, Parks and CVPA have worked together to develop funding for, and complete, more than $1 million in Hoyt House stabiliIization and restoration projects. The home’s slate roof was replaced, its chimneys rebuilt, gutters restored, a ramshackle twentieth–century addition removed, and masonry walls were stabilized and repointed.
- In 2017 CVPA partnered with the Boston Architectural College (BAC) and NYS Parks to conduct the first Calvert Vaux Institute. One undergraduate and six graduate students attended a 10-day Field School at The Point. Working together with preservation professionals from NYS Parks and the CVPA Board, BAC students contributed new documentation needed for continued restoration projects at The Point.
- In 2018, a BAC student served as a NYS Parks intern documenting The Point’s barn complex. More internships are in the works for 2019 and we anticipate a full BAC Field School in 2020.
- Most recently, CVPA solicited proposals from major historic preservation architecture firms to prioritize and plan next steps for restoration. Now we are seeking funding to implement the proposals which outline a 10-year, multi-million dollar plan to restore and sustainably reuse The Point.
- The CVPA Board has outlined a leadership structure that can help us attract and support the many professionals and community leaders needed to make a fully restored and sustainably redeployed site a reality.
For more about our ongoing work and to learn how you can help, please go to Be Involved!