Save This Old House: New York Gothic Revival Charmer
Cottage decked in whimsical details
Location Hoosick Falls, New York
Contact Edward Rosenberg, 518-399-0081; [email protected]
The History: As the founder of the Wood Mowing and Reaping Machine Company in 1865, Walter Wood oversaw the manufacture of some of the finest farm equipment in the Northeast. And as the owner of renowned Wood Farm, he maintained a pristine, 600-acre dairy farm—one of the first to produce milk in certified sanitary conditions. Eventually Wood Farm milk would be shipped daily to New York City, nearly 200 miles away. Walter Wood built a large cluster of cottages for his farmworkers, including this Gothic Revival. After the farm ceased production in 1892, the cottage traded hands a number of times.
Shown: The four-bedroom, one-bath house sits on a quarter-acre lot and is adorned with whimsical Gothic details and board-and-batten siding in the gable end.
Why Save It? The house is currently a bank-owned foreclosure in desperate need of a new owner who appreciates its place in local history. The exterior retains fanciful Gothic embellishments like fretwork in the gable end, arched windows, and the original portico. Inside are heart-pine floors, six-panel doors, and several windowed bays.
Shown: A generous box bay draws light into the dining room. Fluted columns—likely added around 1900—flank the entry to the living room.
What It Needs: The 2,224-square-foot house is structurally sound with intact systems. Its roof, as well as the one on the freestanding garage, should be replaced. The kitchen and bathroom need cosmetic updates. Hoosick Falls is a charming town of about 3,500, located just 10 miles from Bennington, Vermont. It has a rich past and an active group of preservation-minded locals who congregate regularly at the town historical society, which conveniently is sited right next door to this gem on Main Street.
Shown: Bedrooms feature heart-pine floors, six-panel doors, and simple casings and baseboards.