Nine houses spanning three centuries will be open for tours. They range from an 18th-century stone house in the village to an early-20th-century Dutch Colonial with a characteristic gambrel roof. The contemporary house on the tour was selected because it’s an example of how a new building can fit in harmoniously with the village’s traditional architectural fabric, according to Richard Heyl de Ortiz, HHS’s director of Marketing, Development and Visitation: It’s refreshingly small – resisting the house-on-steroids trend of the last two decades – and in the Craftsman style.
The tour includes one of the HHS houses in the midst of restoration, which provides visitors with a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse of the stagework that goes on behind the recreation of these authentically styled buildings. It ends with a bang at the Philip Elting House, a grand Victorian overlooking the river whose original owner founded a paint company (later consolidated into Glidden Paints) and donated the money for the New Paltz library. The current owners collect clocks, vintage toys and classic cars, according to de Ortiz, so the house is in essence its own private museum.
HHS’s Historic House Tour takes place from noon to 5 p.m., on Sunday, June 12. Tickets cost $25 in advance and $30 the day of the tour; they can be picked up at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center at 81 Huguenot Street. Visit www.huguenotstreet.org or call (845) 255-1889.