NYACK, N.Y. -- John Green’s old Nyack house may not look like much now, but beneath its crumbling yellow stucco beats the heart of a historic home sturdily crafted from locally quarried red sandstone.
The 1817 Dutch structure is believed to be the oldest in the village.
Green, a successful businessman and pillar of the community, would not likely recognize the house now with its missing front porch and boarded-up windows, but that may soon change.
A nonprofit organization has been formed, not only to save the house from demolition but to restore it to its former glory.
Watercolor artist Beverley Bozarth Colgan has painted the Main Street landmark as it will look when fully restored, says the Historical Society of the Nyacks.
She will present the painting to the society during a ceremony in front of the 23 Main St. house at 2 p.m. Sunday.
A tour will be offered and refreshments served later at the Historical Society Headquarters at 50 Piermont Ave.
Colgan will be on hand to meet the public. Prints of the painting will be available.
The John Green Preservation Coalition received the house as a gift from the bank that held its mortgage. The society said it believes this is the first instance of a bank giving a property for historic preservation purposes.
Once rehabilitated, the house will serve as a community resource with meeting, exhibit and rental space.
Its exterior will be restored to its 19th-century appearance.
Exhibits there will focus on transportation and the Hudson, subjects closely related to the house's history.
Green was a founding trustee of a predecessor of the Nyack Library, a founding trustee of Nyack's first church and an original advocate of the Nyack Turnpike, which carried goods to Nyack's docks.
He also was the major financier of the association that built and operated Nyack's first three steamboats.
Green owned several lumber yards, a general store and Hudson River sloops to transport his merchandise. He supplied lumber and stone to Albany and New York City.
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