Newburgh has a large historic district that includes many buildings that have architectural significance. The different architectural styles that can be seen in Newburgh's East End Historic District include Italianate, Greek Revival and Victorian among others. When renovating a property in Newburgh special consideration must be given if it falls within the historic district. Our current project is a property within the historic district so we've gathered some information that has helped us.
The city website is a great resource as it contains information about purchasing, renovating and project funding. The East End Historic District came about because buildings in Newburgh were being torn down without consideration to their historical significance thus the focus is on repairing buildings not replacing them. The guidelines for restoration discusses what is historically appropriate "to enhance the prospect of preserving the significant architectural and cultural assets of the East End Historic District for the betterment of the City and well-being of its residents." Luckily there is a grant that commercial property owners can apply for if they happen to be repairing the facade of their storefront. Sodacova is hoping to receive this grant so we can make our building look as good as some of the other storefronts that have been recently renovated on Liberty Street.
While having guidelines to follow can sometimes mean more work it also means that we are helping preserve what makes Newburgh so special.