Miner Museum among nominations for National Register of Historic Places

The Chazy museum itself gives a glimpse at the Miner family history, with three floors of period rooms that are much as the family left it. The museum property, which is surrounded by a wrought iron fence and gate, includes a 1916 Spanish Colonial revival style switch house, also designed by Townsend. The switch house was built at approximately the same time as Chazy Central Rural School, which was also designed by Townsend and financed by Alice Miner's husband, William H. Miner. The switch house reduced 22,000 volts of electricity to 220 volts to power the museum, school a pump house and other public buildings.

Structural improvements made to the museum over the years have been minimal, with the exception of the installation of interior shutters to replace exterior shutters, the addition of interior false walls for museum exhibition space and the installation of a new copper roof in 2002. The museum's interior also contains the original floor plan and original finishes and features. However, some cosmetic improvements have been made over the years in addition to the installation of heating and security systems.

"It really hasn't changed much in its more than 80 years of life," said Palmer. "Many times, Colonial Revival buildings get reinterpreted over the years and things are changed or new construction and new ideas replace the old. This place has not changed."

There is no definitive timeline as to when a decision will be made whether or not the museum will be added to the national register, but either way, Palmer said she feels it will eventually happen.

The only other property to be recommended to the State and National Registers of Historic Places was the Werrenrath Camp, a "high-end Adirondack summer camp" in the town of Dannemora. The camp was owned by Reinald Werrenrath, who was described as a pioneer in the recording area with a 1904 debut with the Edison National Phonograph Company.

The Alice T. Miner Museum is located at 9618 State Route 9. Visitation is by guided tours Tuesday through Saturday at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. The museum is regularly closed Dec. 31-March 31, and open in April by appointment only.

For more information, call the museum at 846-7336 or e-mail director@minermuseum.org.

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