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Painting Of John Green House Goes To Historical Society Of Nyack

Citizens, preservationists and public officials celebrate donation of John Green House.
Citizens, preservationists and public officials celebrate donation of John Green House. Photo Credit: Tina Traster

ORANGETOWN, N.Y. -- Watercolor artist Beverley Bozarth Colgan has painted the John Green House, a Nyack landmark on lower Main Street as it will look when the current restoration work is completed.

She will present her painting to the Historical Society of the Nyacks at a brief ceremony in front of the John Green House, 23 Main St. in Nyack, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 17.

A tour of the house will be offered and refreshments will follow at the Historical Society Headquarters at 50 Piermont Ave., where the public will have an opportunity to meet the artist, order prints of the painting and obtain information about supporting the restoration project.

The John Green Preservation Coalition is undertaking rehabilitation of the house to serve as a community resource with meeting and exhibit space on the first floor and rental space above. The exterior will be restored to its nineteenth century appearance. Exhibits will focus on transportation and the Hudson River, subjects closely related to the history of the house. The Historical Society has supported that project.

The John Green House is historically significant because of its association with John E. Green, one of the principal founders of the Nyack business community, and because it is the last of the Nyack buildings built of the locally quarried red sandstone in the early vernacular stone house tradition that flourished in Rockland and Bergen Counties.

John Green was integral in the vision for the future of Nyack and his organizational and financial success helped accomplish his idea. He was a founding trustee of a predecessor of the Nyack Library, a founding trustee of Nyack's first church, an original advocate and trustee of the Nyack Turnpike to bring the County's produce and manufactured goods to Nyack's docks, and the prime organizer and major financer of the association that built and operated Nyack's first three steamboats.

For more information about the Historical Society of the Nyacks, visit their website.

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