1997–2008: Advocating for Stewardship
1997 Historic Hudson first visits the site with Hudson River Heritage, and agrees to advocate for it preservation.
1998 – 2000 Historic Hudson commissions preliminary existing condition reports (Marilyn Kaplan, Preservation Architecture, R.M. Toole Landscape Architect), and supports NYS enabling legislation to lease the property.
2003 Dr. Oliver Bronson House & Estate receives National Historic Landmark designation (William Krattinger, NYSOPRHP, nominator).
2008 Historic Hudson enters into a 30-year renewable lease with the People of New York State to restore the Dr. Oliver Bronson House for public use. NYSOPRHP awards a $175,000 matching grant to begin stabilization.
2009–2011: $350,000 Phase I Stabilization Completed
2009 The Preservation League of NYS lists the house as one of its “Seven to Save,” and awards a Preserve New York grant to partially fund planning.
2010 Historic Hudson restores 42 wooden window sash with a $25,000 Athens-Generating Community Fund matching grant, and support from the Hudson River Bank & Trust Corp. Foundation, to allow visitors to experience the house with natural light for the first time in over 35 years.
2010 Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker Architects complete a Conservation and Stabilization Plan, with 31 prioritized recommendations for implementation in three phases (north side, south side, east and west verandas).
2011 Phase I Stabilization of the property is completed. Major projects included repairs to the 2nd floor roof decking and roof support structure (plates, joists, rafters), installation of a new EPDM roof membrane and associated gutter systems and flashing, as well as complete reconstruction of the Federal period study exterior wall and cornice. The project was funded with a New York State Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) grant and generous support from the Gerry Charitable Trust, the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation, and individual donations.
2012-2013: $475,000 Phase II South Side Stabilization
($358,500 already raised – in progress)
2012 Completion of planning for Phase II, including removal of the collapsing late-period kitchen wing, restoration of the Davis southwest octagonal bay, and restoration of the historic landscape grading, funded in part with $58,000 matching NYSOPRHP EPF grant, and including an extensive archeological survey by Hartgen Archeological Associates. Compilation of an archive of materials held by Historic Hudson, including historic photographs, correspondence, NYS and municipal records, maps, and residential and genealogical histories will further document and inform the restoration of the Dr. Oliver Bronson House & Estate.
2013 Phase II South Side Stabilization targeted for completion in November 2013, funded with a $300,000 NYSOPRHP EPF grant awarded by the Capital Region Economic Development Council, and matching funds.
2014 Future restoration of East and West Verandas (Phase III) – $375,000 needed