Noted watercolor artist Beverley Bozarth Colgan has painted the John Green House, a Nyack landmark on lower Main Street as it will look when the current restoration work is completed.
She will present her painting to the Historical Society of the
Nyacks at a brief ceremony in front of the John Green House, 23 Main Street,
Nyack, at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 17.
A tour of the house
will be offered.
Refreshments will follow at the Historical Society
Headquarters at 50 Piermont Avenue, where the public will have an opportunity
to meet the artist, order prints of the painting and obtain information about
supporting the restoration project.
The John Green House is
owned by the John Green Preservation Coalition, a new nonprofit
organization that received it as a gift from the bank which held the
mortgage on the property and took title in lieu of foreclosure. This is
believed to be the first instance of a bank giving a property for historic
preservation purposes. The John Green Preservation Coalition is undertaking
rehabilitation of the house to serve as a community resource with meeting and
exhibit space on the first floor and rental space above. The exterior
will be restored to its nineteenth century appearance. Exhibits will
focus on transportation and the Hudson River, subjects closely related to the
history of the house. The Historical Society has supported that project.
The John Green House is
historically significant because of its association with John E. Green, one of
the principal founders of the Nyack business community, and because it is the
last of the Nyack buildings built of the locally quarried red sandstone in the
early vernacular stone house tradition that flourished in Rockland and Bergen
Counties. John Green was remarkable for his imaginative vision for the
future of Nyack and his organizational and financial success in accomplishing
his ideas. He was a founding trustee of a predecessor of the Nyack
Library, a founding trustee of Nyack's first church, an original advocate and
trustee of the Nyack Turnpike to bring the County's produce and manufactured
goods to Nyack's docks, and the prime organizer and major financer of the
association that built and operated Nyack's first three steamboats. These
projects were made possible by his success in business. He owned lumber
yards in Coeymans, Nyack and New York City, a general store in Nyack, and
Hudson River sloops to transport his merchandise. He supplied lumber and
stone to Albany and New York City.
For more information about the Historical Society of the Nyacks, visit www.nyackhistory.org
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