Historic Architectural Styles | Wallkill Valley Land Trust Historic House Tour

Posted by on Saturday, April 19th, 2014 at 3:21pm

Curious About the Historic Architectural Styles of Upstate NY?


You're in luck! The Wallkill Valley Land Trust hosts the 4th Annual Historic House Tour at the end of this month. As a Real Estate Agent I'm interested in the small details of architectural style; it's only natural. The pitch of a roof, the complexity or simplicity of door trimmings, the size and shape of windows completely affect the feeling and character of a home. Architectural detail is the first thing most buyers notice as they peruse listing photos on web sites and they are what my clients who I've helped sell most often miss about the homes they've left behind. Architectural styles are a big deal in Real Estate. 

Many people choose to come to Upstate NY because they want to reconnect with a simpler lifestyle and for lots of my clients they envision doing that in a historic home. It makes a pretty picture and brings them joy. I want my clients to be joyful!

A great way to become familiar with the architectural styles that are available in Upstate NY is to attend an Historic House Tour event. You get to tour some historic homes that aren't usually available for sale so you'll feel zero pressure, support a worthy cause, and learn a little about the history of the area. This year the Wallkill Valley Land Trust's tour is focused on the changing face of agriculture in Gardiner and Shawangunk. Both of these communities have amazing historic homes and a history of agriculture that is experiencing a resurgence with the new locavore movement. The tour will be a feast for the eyes as well as the synapses.

What types of architecture will be on display? Here are some stellar examples of the types homes you'll see on the walk-through. These are not however pictures of the actual residences on the tour. For a look at those you have to show up for the tour!


A Dutch Stone Home  

I happen to have a wonderful Dutch Stone Home Listed. To whet your appetite for touring historic homes watch the video! Or, see additional details on this Hudson Valley Stone Home.




Federal Style Homes

 federal home 2

 (Photo via Essential Architecture)




 A Greek Revival Farmhouse

Like this one designed by Hudson Valley Architects, Crisp Architects.

And finally, a Barn converted to a residence using green renovation techniques. Here's a little video from the Wall Street Journal about the "Converted Barn CRAZE!!!". Enjoy the eye candy!


Don't miss this chance to tour to your heart's content.



Houses and Farms in the Wallkill River Valley
The Changing Face of Agriculture in Gardiner and Shawangunk

Saturday, May 31, 2014

11am- 4:30pm

Our 4th annual tour explores the rich farming region of the Shawangunk Kill and Wallkill River valleys with stunning views of the Shawangunk Mountain ridge.

Featuring the finest historic houses and their farm complexes, the tour includes an 18th C. Dutch stone house and barn, several 18th -20th C. Federal homes, a Greek-Revival clapboard, neo-classic public buildings, early industrial sites, and a green contemporary fashioned from a 19th C. barn structure. Seven properties are on the National Register.



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