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Culvert Street House renovations: before & after

Seen here in this photo collages are the exterior and interior of a house at 5 Culvert before and after work done by Darren Tracy to clean out debris and stabilize the roof with a temporary structure. Tracy bought the historic house for $1 for the city in November and 

The city was planning to demolish a tiny historic house on Culvert Street.

The Common Council had solicited bids to raze the structure at 5 Culvert St. which it had seized for back taxes. However, an outpouring from the community convinced the council to hold off and consider other options.

The home is one of the smallest in the city at 627 square feet and was once used as the medical office of 19th century physician Dr. James Ferguson. It is on the state and federal historic registers as one of the handful of Second Empire houses remaining in Glens Falls.

Mayor Jack Diamond requested proposals for rehabilitating the structure.

Darren Tracy, a Saratoga Springs-based engineer bought the structure for $1 and started working on the project in late November. He installed a temporary roof to make the structure. He has begun some work to repair masonry work. He plans to paint and repair some of the building’s trim off site.

He does not have an exact timetable to complete the project, but planned to work as long as he could this year.

The structure is already looking better.

Culvert Street is getting a makeover. Between this restoration project, a burned-out building at 14 Culvert St. across the street was finally removed after 14 months. The owner of the property is planning townhouses for the location.

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Reporter for The Post-Star, covering the city of Glens Falls, town and village of Lake George and northern Warren County communities.

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