The property is believed to be the oldest standing sandstone structure in the village
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“It has been said that, at it’s best,
preservation engages the past
in a conversation with the present
over a mutual concern for the future.”
These are the words of William Murtagh, first keeper of the National Register of Historic Places. It is this spirit - this desire to provide a home for these conversations across time to take place, that was the impetus in creating the John Green Preservation Coalition.
Actually, the impetus for some of us was one particular house. It’s certainly not much to look at the way it is now - decades of urbanization, modernization and neglect have all but buried this building in bad stucco, overgrown weeds and apathy. But even through all of that, the voice of the house speaks to the history it has held. And the voice of this house needs to be heard.
This is the John Green House. Built in 1817, this structure exists as the oldest standing sandstone house in Nyack, NY. Beneath the yellow stucco, there lies sandstone that was quarried just to the North, and laid in place by the hands of slaves. It was in this house that Green met with other founding fathers of Nyack to plan the building, growth and future of Nyack, this Gem of the Hudson.
Our goal is to save this house, and others like it in Rockland County. Rockland has an incredible past, with an historical treasure trove of stories to tell. As preservationist John Ruskin said,
“…the greatest glory of a building is not in its stones, nor in its gold. Its glory is in its Age, and in that deep sense of voicefulness, of stern watching, of mysterious sympathy… which we feel in walls that have long been washed by the passing waves of humanity.”
We invite you to explore our site. Discover the history of the house, learn about the life of one of Nyack’s earliest entrepreneurs and see what other projects we’re working on.
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