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Restored: The Legacy of Roger and Peggy Gerry.
Ellen Fletcher Russell. Foreword by Huyler C. Held. 160 pp., 176 illus.,
map, index. ISBN 0-9625368-4-9. $30.00, plus $5.00 for shipping and handling.
When Roger and Peggy Gerry arrived in Roslyn, New York, in 1951, the modern world was washing across Long Island - the postwar building boom, the family cars, the Robert Moses parkways and beaches - relentlessly eroding its original character. Chance and topography had protected the sleepy village of Roslyn from overwhelming growth, but the Gerrys knew that in the decades to come, the pressure could only increase.
This handsomely illustrated book tells how Roger and Peggy Gerry were the heart of what became a sophisticated and successful enterprise that protected the architectural heritage of Roslyn village. For nearly fifty years the Gerrys employed the full array of their impressive skills and resources: involving themselves in local planning and government, forming organizations, buying and restoring buildings, and attracting and engaging like-minded others to join them.
Few Long Island villages have kept the distinctness of character that now sets Roslyn apart. The survival of Roslyn's architectural and cultural landscape is not a matter of luck. It was the result of Roger and Peggy Gerry's single-minded commitment to a preserved village of Roslyn.
The Gerrys' work in Roslyn demonstrates how very much two ardent people can do with their lives, and the difference those lives can make in a town. By analyzing the Gerrys' undeniable success, this book suggests that some others of us just might be able to do something important in our own chosen places.
"No one is more responsible for the sense of place Roslyn has today than the Gerrys. A community, like an individual, needs a sense of identity. Roslyn has such an identity in contrast to many Long Island villages that have lacked the vision to conserve their historic resources." Robert B. MacKay, Ph.D., Director, Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities.
The President as Architect: Franklin D. Roosevelt's Top Cottage. John G. Waite Associates, Architects. Foreword by Geoffrey C. Ward. 160 pp., 122 illus., index. ISBN 0-9625368-3-0. $29.95, plus $4.95 for shipping and handling.
This new book, richly illustrated with photographs and architectural drawings, traces the history of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's long-forgotten retreat near Hyde Park from the president's original drawings for the modest cottage to its recent preservation by the Open Space Institute, the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, and the National Park Service.
The one-story, two-bedroom cottage would be "a
small place to go to escape the mob," the President wrote. Its planning,
design, and construction reflected not only his love of Dutch Colonial
architecture and the Hudson Valley but also his desire to maintain independence
despite his physical disability.
Albany Architecture: A Guide to the City. Diana S. Waite, ed. Photographs by Gary Gold and Mark McCarty. 278 pp., 180 illus., biblio., index. ISBN
0-9625368-1-4. $27.95, plus $4.95 for shipping and handling.
This beautifully photographed guidebook invites the reader to experience the architectural treasures of one of America's oldest cities — from its settlement by the Dutch in the seventeenth century up to the present. The works of nationally renowned architects including H. H. Richardson, Stanford White, and Wallace K. Harrison are featured along with buildings by such local designers as Philip Hooker and Marcus T. Reynolds.
Essays by Matthew Bender, Paul R. Huey, and Michael
F. Lynch provide an overview, while eight carefully researched and mapped
tours written by Cornelia Brooke Gilder, Anthony Opalka, Lorraine E. Weiss,
and Duncan E. Hay beckon the reader to explore Albany's monumental public
buildings, historic commercial center, and residential neighborhoods.
Ornamental Ironwork: Two Centuries of Craftsmanship in Albany and Troy, New York. Diana S. Waite. Foreword by Margot Gayle. 141 pp., 153 illus., index. ISBN 0-9625368-0-6. $24.95, plus $4.95 for shipping and handling.
Albany and Troy, New York, were preeminent among the ironmaking cities of nineteenth-century America. Their foundries produced thousands of cast-iron stoves, and Troy's rolling mills turned out millions of horseshoes. This book looks at another important aspect of this heritage: some of the finest architectural ironwork in America-railings, balconies, fences, and storefronts on buildings great and small.
This fully illustrated history opens up a fascinating
world of craftsmanship. It explains how to distinguish between wrought
iron and cast iron and illustrates the many motifs created by master blacksmiths,
such as scrolls, urns, and latticework. Property owners will find practical
advice on how to preserve ironwork and how to work with a contractor.
Walking tours allow the reader to explore and enjoy these ornamental marvels
"By dint of grace, style and meticulous inquiry, Albany and Troy's wonderful architectural ironwork has at long last come into its own." Norman S. Rice, Director Emeritus, Albany Institute of History and Art.
Ignorance: The Struggle to Educate Black Children in Albany, New York, 1816-1873.
Marian I. Hughes. Foreword by H. Patrick Swygert. 103 pp., 48 illus., index.
ISBN 0-9625368-2-2. $22.95, plus $4.95 shipping and handling.
Few people know that segregated schools existed in the capital city of New York State for much of the nineteenth century. Drawing upon hundreds of documents in local archives, educator Marian Hughes chronicles the courageous men and women, both black and white, who established the first schools for African-Americans in Albany.
The text is illustrated with historic photographs and engravings. Maps pinpoint the important education sites in Albany. This book will appeal to all those interested in local history, African-American history, and the history of education.
"As a former educator and administrator in the Albany schools, I was particularly interested in this revealing history of the courageous leaders of the African-American community. These pioneers enriched our city, our state, and our nation, and the recognition of their work is long overdue." Gerald Jennings, Mayor of Albany.
"Marian Hughes has done more than provide in painstaking scholarly detail a forgotten corner of American black history: she has illuminated a telling vignette of how, long before the abolition of slavery in America, blacks fought to build the foundations of knowledge and skills for their children. We owe her a debt for preserving this remarkable chapter of black American history." Clifton R. Wharton, Jr., former Chancellor, State University of New York System.
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