For Immediate Release
Contact: Lynn Kopka 518-274-6434 email@example.com
Victor Sosnowski 518-469-4852
TROY, N.Y. (09/25/13) — An historic row house on Troy’s Washington Park has been fully rebuilt after the interior completely collapsed 13 years ago.
“You could stand in the basement of this shell of a building and look up to the sky,” said Lynn Kopka, president of the Washington Park Association. “We had a backhoe drive inside the house to clear the debris.”
The neighborhood association has worked for more than a decade to raise more than $90,000 in funds from private citizens, local foundations, and the city to stabilize No. 8 and prevent further deterioration.
Finally, in Dec. 2011, brothers Victor and Jon Sosnowski bought 8 Washington Place for $25,000 with the goal of completely rebuilding the interior.
“That was too much, incidentally,” Victor Sosnowski said of the initial purchase price. “There wasn’t even a shell. There were collapsing walls.”
The Sosnowskis own two Mayfair Jewelers stores. This was the first full building restoration project of their Ballston Spa based Spartan Woodworking contracting company. In total they spent about $600,000 to build a brand new home behind the 19th century façade that spans nine other row houses on the block between 2nd and 3rd streets.
Although the three-story building includes entirely new floors, walls, windows, counters, and appliances, the brothers were able to maintain a lot of the original trim on the front wall and then replicate the molding, crowns and trim throughout the rest of the building to keep with its original character. The floors are made of bamboo, the kitchens include granite counter tops, and the entire space includes central air.
“We did everything as nice as we could do it and still maintain the character of an old building,” Victor Sosnowski said. “It combines the best of an old house and a brand new one.”
Currently the 1,100-square-foot third floor is already rented for $1,350 a month. The 1,500-square-foot second floor unit is available for $1,750 per month. The largest unit which totals 3,000 square feet and includes the garden level and first floor, is available for $2,400.
There are six off-street parking spots. Prospective tenants can call Victor Sosnowski at 518-469-4852.
“I think Troy got a bad rep. People need to invest in it,” said Victor Sosnowski of why he got involved in this project, which far exceeded his projected investment. “Troy is up and coming.”
ABOUT WASHINGTON PARK
The Washington Park neighborhood is modeled after the private residential green squares of 19th Century London. It is often compared to New York City’s famous Gramercy Park; the two are the only privately owned and maintained parks of their kind in the state.
ABOUT WASHINGTON PLACE
Washington Place is a 310-foot-long street that borders the southern end of Troy’s Washington Park. It is a rare example of an intact 19th century Belgian block paved street, which was fully restored in 2010.
The street is lined with 10 Greek Revival row houses, built between 1838-1842, that is spanned by a common façade, giving the block the appearance of being a monumental urban palace. The row of buildings made the 2003 “Seven to Save” list of the Preservation League New York State.
Because the houses are all connected, the walls of numbers 7 and 9 were in danger of collapse after the floors and roof of No. 8 collapsed about 13 years ago.
“Now this entire row will stand for another 100 years,” Kopka said. “This was a huge effort to save our architectural heritage in Troy.”
RIBBON CUTTING/ OPEN HOUSE
There will be a ribbon cutting and open house with refreshments at 2 p.m. on Sept. 26.
PHOTOGRAPHS BEFORE & AFTER
For before an after publicity photographs for reprint, visit: http://duncancrary.com/clients/8washington_place.html
For information about Spartan Woodworking, visit: http://www.spartanwoodworking.com
For information about Washington Park, visit: http://wpa-troy.org
Lynn Kopka 518-274-6434 firstname.lastname@example.org
Victor Sosnowski 518-469-4852