. . . update: more than baby steps (March 15, 2018): 4 Washington Avenue is starting to look a lot more homey and approachable (if you can handle all those steps). another look (April 10,2018):
flood-ready (January 2018): The landscaping was not completed before the winter freeze, but 4 Washington Avenue was safely above the flood-plain, as seen in the above photo display, taken a few days before our January 13-14 ice jam and flooding, as we reported in depth.
Foundation Follow-up (Nov. 9, 2017): The new foundation under the re-planted house at 4 Washington Avenue, along the Mohawk River, in the Schenectady Stockade, is complete. See the Slideshow immediately after this update. I was told this morning by contractor Garrett Plowman that as soon as this afternoon, trucks will be bringing in the fill dirt — some 80 cubic yards delivered by 60 trucks. Click here to see an artist’s rendition of the finished house, held by the architect, Frank Gilmore.
. . above Slideshow, photos taken November 9, 2017 . .
BIG UPDATE (September 13, 2017; 1 PM): Larmon House Movers did final preparations this morning for rolling 4 Washington Avenue to the new location on its lot. By noon, the move to the final location of the house was completed. Photos are being added to the Slideshow below, near the bottom of this posting (showing the process of this project, with images since May). The house will be jacked up in place about another foot, with “cribs” [stacked blocks] placed under it to hold it up while the foundation is being built under it.
. . above: 4 Washington Ave. has moved to its final destination; [L] Contractor James Plowman at start of today’s move; [R] onlookers view house at final location (11:30 AM, Sept. 13, 2017); below (3PM): northeast view of house [L]; wheeled jacks removed, cribs in place:
- press coverage: “1840 Stockade home makes a 20-foot move” (Times Union, by Paul Nelson, Sept. 13, 2017); “After months of prep, crews move Stockade house on wheels” (Daily Gazette, by Brett Samuels, Sept. 13, 2017). The TU article has a gallery that includes a photo of architect Frank Gilmore showing a sketch of his design for the relocated 4 Washington Avenue project; here is a detail
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. . above: rear of 4 Washington Ave. [L] & 6 Washington Ave. during flooding post-Hurricane Irene (Aug. 28, 2011) . .
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Meredith Anker’s home at 4 Washington Avenue, in the Schenectady Stockade Historic District, was constructed circa 1820. It was built along the Washington Avenue lot line, with no front lawn, but a spacious rear and side yard that borders the Mohawk River. Flooding in 2011 due to waters associated with Hurricane Irene did dramatic and traumatic damage to the first floor of Meredith’s home. Immediately below are photos of the front of the house and its yard taken last May:
. . above: 4 Washington Ave. & yard (May 18, 2016) . .
The blank wall in the sketch represents 6 Washington Avenue, the home of Scott Andrus and Jone Jensen, who are watching the process closely, and are not sure what to expect. The Historic Commission made it clear that they have not yet reviewed or approved the final design scheme (colors, landscaping, etc.).
. . above: the rear lawn of 4 Washington Avenue, with Mohawk River on the left (photo by Peter Barber of the Daily Gazette) . .
[T]he structure will remain at a temporary site for upwards of a month, which will give the crew time to fill in and shore up the foundation at the new spot, said [contractor Jim] Plowman. A one-car garage will be built into the foundation.
update (September 7, 2017): I learned this morning from James Plowman, the general contractor for the project, that they have decided to move the house directly to its final location (15 feet back from the street and 20′ farther from the River), rather than risk more jostling of the old structure by moving first to a temporary location while the new foundation is being constructed. They will be bringing in dirt for fill and then the big wheels on dollies for the move, with Monday, September 11, 2017, now seeming like the likely day for the move.
- As always, you can see a larger version of an image in the Slideshow by pausing it on the image, right-clicking and choosing See Image in New Tab.
. . above: 1-9 Washington Ave., Aug. 28, 2011 . .
. . above: construction crew, Western Gateway Bridge, and a fancy boat viewed from in front of elevated house at 4 Washington Ave. (Sept. 7, 2017) . .
. . above: Garret (standing) and Jim Plowman watch Lorman crew securing girders under the elevated house to prepare for the big move (Sept. 11, 2017)