Tuesday, January 19, 2010

SIMONS GENERAL STORE… Imagine generations of townspeople gathering on the front porch catching up with neighborhood news, while owners or tenants enjoy the view from the second story balcony (top photo). The bottom left photo was taken during the dedication of the World War I Memorial in 1919 while the bottom right photo was taken in 1904 when the building was both the post office for Ancram and a general store. Currently owned by a not-for-profit tax-exempt organization (the Ancram Preservation Group), extensive exterior work and major structural renovations have been done, under the guidance of renowned preservation architect Marilyn Kaplan, using volunteer labor, donations, and grants from the NYS Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act (middle left photo). Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, the J.M. Kaplan Fund, and J.P. Morgan. THe interior awaits final renovations and new mechanical systems. Simon's top floor could be renovated as open living, office, or studio space, while the store with its distinctive large windows, wide porch, high ceilings, and original wooden counters and cabinets would make wonderful retail or office space. The lower level with access to parking and the road, could serve as additional office or retail space… $245,000

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