Historic house moved out of flight path

"The New York State Department of Parks and Recreation and Historic Preservation -- generally they don't like to see a building moved out of context," he said. "But they conducted archaeological digs and then moved the house to what will be its new location."

According to Myers, no damage was done to the structure during the move, which was a main concern of those involved in the historic preservation. But, according to Franklin, the home was not in exceptional shape to begin with.

Fixing up the home is part of a deal the Airport Authority made with the national list of historic places after presenting the concept of moving it.

"We agreed that we would renovate the house after we moved it out of the flight path," said Myers.

Franklin said he hopes that in the renovation process, some of the architectural features in the house would be saved, "but it does need a lot of work." Franklin also said he is confident that, "given the time and the money that the airport was able to secure, and the grant money that was used for the [moving] project, the house could be put into viable condition."

Myers said he hopes the house is restored to good enough condition so that a business owner might want to come around and lease the house, to be used as a retail store for antiques.

Until then, the house will exist in its new location as a symbolic artifact of years past.


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