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Ticonderoga renovation recognized

Huestis Building now home to bakery, college housing

Jim Major, lead partner of JASAMA LLC, stands in one of the North Country Community College dorm rooms in Ticonderoga. The rooms are in the Huestis Building, which has received  a Stewardship Award from Adirondack Architectural Heritage.

Jim Major, lead partner of JASAMA LLC, stands in one of the North Country Community College dorm rooms in Ticonderoga. The rooms are in the Huestis Building, which has received a Stewardship Award from Adirondack Architectural Heritage.

— An award-winning building renovation project in Ticonderoga could be a major step in the community’s economic revitalization.

The reconstruction of the Huestis Building on Montcalm Street has been completed. The structure now houses Libby’s Bakery on the first floor with housing for 16 North Country Community College Ti campus students upstairs.

“We did our best to keep the feel of the 1800s,” said Jim Major, lead partner of JASAMA LLC, the Ti firm that owns the building. “The building was completely gutted. Steel supports were installed. There’s a new roof, new wiring, new plumbing — everything is new.”

The exterior has been restored to look as it did when constructed in 1874.

JASAMA has received a Stewardship Award from Adirondack Architectural Heritage for its efforts. Adirondack Architectural Heritage is a non-profit historic preservation organization for New York State’s Adirondack Park. AARCH was formed in 1990 with a mission to promote better public understanding, appreciation and stewardship of the Adirondacks unique and diverse architectural heritage.

“This building was a labor of love,” Major said. “I love architecture of the 1800s, the Italianate-style. It was a lot of work and cost a lot of money, but I feel it’s well worth it.”

Major declined to say how much the project cost.

Sharon Reynolds, executive director of PRIDE of Ticonderoga, nominated the Huestis Building for the Stewardship Award.

“PRIDE has been interested in the Huestis Building as well as all the historic properties in Ticonderoga to do all we can to restore and preserve these important structures,” Reynolds said. “When Jim purchased the building in 2011 PRIDE was able to assist him with a New York Main Street grant of $45,000 which he matched with his own funds to begin the rehabilitation process. Watching the special care Jim took to preserve the integrity of the Huestis Building and seeking the expertise of others is testimony to his love of architecture.

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