Greening Main Street

Catskill, New York

Design Disciplines Needed
Architecture, Sustainability/Environmental

Desired Services
We seek architectural design assistance to repurpose an unimproved clapboard barn cantilevered to the main brick building into a sustainable, energy efficient work/live space for our nonprofit to better serve the local community and operate programs. The architect is needed for the following scope of work: • Doing work in a historic district property that requires planning board approvals and architectural plans • Determining the flow of the space and how to best make use of the space available • Making structural changes • Determine structural integrity for green roof installation • Installing electrical circuit box and lines • Gut renovating the 750 SF space • Adding a bathroom, Moving plumbing • Selecting fixtures, furniture, lighting and paint

Project Description

Greening Main Street creates an energy and water efficiency retrofit demonstration of a c. 1850s detached masonry row house in the Village of Catskill New York by making certain energy, water and resource efficiency improvements to the building without sacrificing the historic character. We seek architectural design assistance to repurpose an unimproved clapboard barn structure cantilevered to the main brick building into a work/live space for our nonprofit to better serve the local community and operate programs.

Greening Main Street is a keystone program of nonprofit Going Coastal, Inc. designed to make property owners and residents critical actors in reducing storm water runoff and carbon footprint on a neighborhood scale in order to enact measurable environmental change. The building is prominently situated at Main Street and the Mott Street Slide public stairway, part of the East Side Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. Immediate threats include decay, water damage and prior destructive renovation. In the rear elevation is a single story and cantilevered attached clapboard sided building added in the early 1900s.

A major part of the preservation project will be the establishment of a .20 acre Concept Garden installation. This educational demonstration garden, native edible plantings, and climate change, stormwater resilient to invite the community, public and elected officials to learn ways we can all positively impact the riverine environment of the Hudson River by the choices we make in our everyday living. A green roof will be installed atop the clapboard building, a small orchard and butterfly rain garden along with rain harvesting education will take place.

The property provides a great venue to demonstrate the interconnectedness of land and water. Along the Hudson River, historical resources and the environment go hand-in-hand. A unique detached property related to the villages heritage as a river town transportation hub of the famous Hudson River steamboats and the state’s earliest railroads. 386-388 Main Street was an early storefront for the American Express Company, which traces its roots to a New York express business, founded by Henry Wells and William G. Fargo in 1850, safely transporting money and other valuables.

Outcome

A vacant graffiti and vandal magnet, dumping ground (building & property) becomes a community asset. Village of Catskill residents, children and property owners enjoy a better quality of life through improved water quality and lessons learned from project outreach and educational programs. Going Coastal establishes educational program office in Catskill New York in the redesigned renovated repurposed space. Visitors from throughout the Hudson Valley come to the region just to see the garden.