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Former Upper Jay Model T showroom may join state, national historic registers

April 7, 2013

UPPER JAY - A former automobile showroom in Upper Jay could be added to the state and national registers of historic places.

Meanwhile, a one-room schoolhouse in Clinton County and a train station in Warren County are also being considered for inclusion on the historic registers.

The New York State Board for Historic Preservation recently recommended adding 27 "properties, resources and districts" to the state and national registers of historic places, according to a press release issued by the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The Keith & Branch Ford Motors Factory & Showroom was among them.

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The former Model T showroom in Upper Jay, now the home of the Recovery Lounge, as seen last week.

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Now home to the Recovery Lounge and Upper Jay Upholstery, the building on state Route 9N and the East Branch of the AuSable River was built around 1920 to "accommodate the partial assembly and local sale of Ford Motors Model T automobiles," the release said. OPRHPs calls the building a "rare and early example of automobile-related architecture in the Adirondack region."

The building is owned by brothers Scott and Byron Renderer, who created the nonprofit organization Upper Jay Art Center as a means to "share their passion for music, theater, and visual art," according to their website. An art gallery, The Floor 2 Gallery, is located on the building's second floor. The owners couldn't be immediately reached for comment Monday.

Jay town Supervisor Randy Douglas said the nomination is "great news" for his community.

"Anytime a landmark in a municipality (that) a public official represents is nominated to be registered on the state and national registers of historic places, it is good news for the area," he said.

The Lyon Street School in Peru, built around 1881, and the Delaware & Hudson Passenger Station in Lake George, built between 1909 and 1911, have also been nominated.

Lyon Street School functioned as a one-room schoolhouse until the 1930s, when "school centralization made hundreds of schools of this type no longer necessary," OPRHP said in the release. The former Lake George railroad station was originally built to complement the nearby Fort William Henry Hotel.

"The Mediterranean Revival style station is among the last surviving features of what was a sprawling resort complex operated by Delaware & Hudson to serve a thriving tourist industry," the release said.

"The multi-faceted story of New York can be traced in its many distinctive buildings and unique landmarks," OPRHP Commissioner Rose Harvey said in the release. "It is an honor to help preserve these unique landmarks by listing them on the State and National Registers of Historic Places."

Properties listed on the state and national registers are eligible for preservation grants and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits. Recommendations must first be approved by the state historic preservation officer; then they're listed on the state register and nominated for the national register. Those nominations are reviewed by a national board before being added to the national list.



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