Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Look at Saratoga Springs, NY Architecture

Welcome to Saratoga Springs' oldest area
Here's a Look at Saratoga Springs, NY Architecture from my weekend visit in October.

WHAT IS GREEK REVIVAL ARCHITECTURE?
Greek Revival architecture in Saratoga Springs
According to Britannica.com: Greek Revival, architectural style, based on 5th-century-bc Greek temples, which spread throughout Europe and the United States during the first half of the 19th century. The main reasons for the style’s popularity seem to have been the general intellectual preoccupation with ancient Greek culture at the time, as well as a new awareness of the actual nature of Greek art brought about through widely circulated illustrations of notable ancient temples and the Elgin Marbles. The growing recognition of the Parthenon in Athens as a major monument helped secure the dominance of this Grecian form

Sign marking the former location of the Winans-Crippen House
WHAT IS THE WINAN'S CRIPPENS HOUSE? -   Franklin Square was one of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods at the time local merchant David Winans commissioned noted architect J.D. Stevens, who had designed the United States and Grand Union Hotels on Broadway, to design his new home he would build in 1871 at 66 Franklin Street that became known as the Winan-Crippens House.

Greek Revival Architecture
DEMOLISHED -  Today, the Winans-Crippens House is an empty lot located at 66 Franklin Street  in the Franklin Square Historic District.

The Winans-Crippen House, had long been at the center of a dispute with the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation to preserve the structure (was was in disrepair).   Demolition of the historic Winans-Crippen House at 66 Franklin Street began in November 2013, bringing to a close the long debate in Saratoga Springs as to whether the building warranted preservation.







Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

Great Books by our friends

Great Books by our friends
Check out these great books (yeah, Rob's are in there, too)

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next

Podcast of Rob's 50 min. interview on Paranormal Filler Radio 7/13/14