Campaign for The Point 2023!
Ring in a new future for The Point this holiday! Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance is celebrating a year of great strides in 2022. We completed the Cultural Landscape Report Historic Narrative for The Point, and a Historic Structures Report engineering study for the Hoyt Carriageway Bridge. In May, we hosted a national Calvert Vaux symposium on the Staatsburg waterfront, Designing the Landscape That Made America: Calvert Vaux and His Peers in the Hudson Valley. We have developed a scope of work to stabilize The Point’s main residence, launched a regular e-newsletter, and piloted a preliminary landscape tour of The Point. Now, to keep the momentum going, we are launching Campaign for The Point 2023 to support even greater gains in the year to come.
the hoyt carriageway bridge
The Historic Structures Report completed in spring 2022 provided basic engineering research that shows the Hoyt Carriageway Bridge is structurally sound and can be reopened with replacement of the deck and safety barriers. To ready the site for construction work, volunteers at I Love My Park Day in May cleared weeds and heavy brush and Dave’s Tree Service donated the labor to clear three large trees. We are currently conducting load rating tests and developing construction plans so that we are prepared to re-deck the bridge next summer. The price tag for reopening the structure is $200,000. We are seeking volunteers with construction experience for projects that will help defray some of the costs. With your support, we will reopen the bridge in October 2023. You can read the Historic Structures Report here, see photos of the bridge project here and sign up to volunteer here.
A Visitor Experience – Onsite & Online
We have launched a project to develop onsite and online tours of The Point based on the Cultural Landscape Report Historic Narrative (CLR) completed last year. Our CLR historians Emily Cooperman and Kyle Toth from PS&S Architecture and Engineering will conduct additional research, outline a tour script, and convene a scholars panel to review the proposed tours. A landscape curator and a Native American historian will contribute additional scholarship. The resulting script will be used to offer onsite tours and to create a virtual tour for our website. The project will also develop a virtual tour of the Hoyt House interior, which remains closed due to safety concerns. Our new Landscape Committee will work with the scholars and help us develop a plan to keep the site presentable for tours. Read the CLR Historic Narrative here. Sign up for the CVPA Landscape Committee here.
Protecting The Hoyt House
Built in 1855 by Calvert Vaux as the country seat of Lydig and Geraldine Livingston Hoyt, the Point’s main residence has stood vacant for more than 60 years. In 2014, Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance received major grants from NY State and the federal government to help support more than $1.2 million in restorations to the structure. We replaced the roof, removed a ramshackle mid-20th-century addition, rebuilt the chimneys, and repointed masonry walls. More recently, we stabilized the South Portico that serves as the main entrance. However, as the years advance, so does deterioration. The foundation is open to the elements on two elevations, as are numerous windows. As stewards of this nationally important but underrecognized piece of American design history, we have developed a scope of work to seal the building exterior. Architect’s estimates indicate that the work will cost more than $70,000.
Continuing To Grow CVPA’s Capacity
to Save The Point
As an all-volunteer organization, CVPA is pushing the limits of our capacity. This year, we will create our first, half-time staff position to ensure we succeed in re-decking and reopening the Hoyt Carriageway Bridge, piloting onsite and online tours, stabilizing the Hoyt residence, and expanding our circles of support. Please give generously now to support Campaign for The Point 2023!
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