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Warrensburg citizens learn about local architecture

— More than 30 people participated in an architectural workshop and walking tour of Warrensburg on July 20.

The event was presented by Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) and sponsored by the Warrensburgh Historical Society and Warrensburgh Beautification.

Susan Arena of AARCH taught the morning session in the Senior Center, during which the group learned how to identify architectural styles and time periods.

The afternoon session featured a walk through downtown, led by Arena. The tour took the group down Main Street past The Pillars, across to Elm St., and back up to the Warrensburg Senior Center. Participants viewed many architectural styles, such as Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Bungalow/Craftsman, Carpenter Gothic, Foursquare, Second Empire, Italianate, Richardsonian, and various hybrids.

Warrensburg has the largest area of designated historical district of any town in the Adirondacks, and it is listed on both the state and federal historic registers.

The group also saw three properties exhibiting the revival of elm trees, which were historically important as an adjunct to architectural planning, as they provided much shade and framed the view of buildings — while also forming beautiful archways over the streets. The modern elms are now disease-resistant. Warrensburg also has what is believed to be one of the 10 oldest and largest surviving elm trees in the nation. It is located in front of Oscar’s Smoke House.

After the conclusion of the scheduled tour, some members of the group continued up Hudson St. guided by Arena and local architectural expert Delbert Chambers. Many visited the Warrensburgh Museum of Local History afterward to see Chambers’ architectural exhibit on display there.

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