Hendrick Hudson Chapter NSDAR selects Preservation Architecture for restoration of Robert Jenkins House

January 24, 2022, Hudson, NY: Preservation Architecture, Marilyn E Kaplan, Principal, of Albany has been selected by the Hendrick Hudson Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, via a competitive selection process, to lead the restoration of the Historic Robert Jenkins House at 113 Warren Street in Hudson, NY.

Ms. Kaplan has regional and national experience working on historic buildings stewarded by museums; institutional, nonprofit and religious organizations; and governmental entities and private individuals. The firm has provided architectural services on more than 200 historic buildings, ranging from existing condition assessments to full rehabilitation and restoration projects. A long list of local and noteworthy projects in the Hudson Valley includes the Hudson Opera House, various buildings at the National Historic Landmark Montgomery Place campus of Bard College, numerous NY State historic sites, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, and the FDR Presidential Library.  

Ms. Kaplan is also an expert in the application of building, fire, and energy codes to existing and historic structures. She is an appointed member of the International Code Council’s 2022 Group B International Existing Building Code Development Committee, through 2023, and a recipient of a Conservation Guest Scholar award at the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles on this topic. She has participated in the writing of codes and standards through national organizations and New York State. 

Through the Historic Preservation Fund and the Save America’s Treasures grant program, the Hendrick Hudson Chapter has received a $496,775 grant from the Department of Interior, National Park Service (NPS). Twenty-five such grants totaling $9,972,979 were awarded for projects across the United States, three of which are in New York State. 

With these funds, organizations and agencies conserve significant U.S. cultural and historic resources, which illustrate, interpret, and are associated with the great events, ideas, and individuals that contribute to our nation’s history and culture. Save America’s Treasures grants are awarded in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The grant, which requires a one-to-one match, will partially fund replacement of the 210-year-old house’s slate roof and built-in gutter system; its upper masonry parapets, select window and door restoration, and, as funds permit, upgrade of the electrical, mechanical, and fire-protection systems. The chapter has begun a capital campaign to raise the required matching funds.

The Hendrick Hudson Chapter of the DAR was chartered 125 years ago in 1896. A nonpartisan organization welcoming eligible women without regard to race, creed, or religion, it includes 130 members who trace their lineage back to a patriot in the American Revolution–whether serving as soldier, shopkeeper, or seamstress. In accordance with the National Society DAR, members work to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the women and men who achieved American independence, to promote the development of an enlightened public opinion, and to foster patriotic citizenship. 

The chapter owns and maintains the Historic Robert Jenkins House, which serves as its meeting house and also contains a museum and a genealogical and historical library. Inquiries about the chapter and its capital campaign may be directed to hendrickhudsonchapterdar@gmail.com or (518) 828-9764. Additional information is available at hudson-dar.org and facebook.com/HudsonDAR


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