Every February the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation holds their Heart Bomb Campaign to raise awareness about important places and the impact of preservation in Saratoga Springs.
On Thursday, February 11th, 2021 at lunchtime, nearly 20 community members safely gathered on the public right-of-way to show their love for 65 & 69 Phila Street that are proposed for demolition.
These buildings have been listed on the Foundation’s “Ten to Save” List since the endangered list program was created in 1998.
The 1851 Italianate style house clad with wood clapboard located at 65 Phila Street was constructed by Alexander A. Patterson, an architect and builder. That same year the brick Italianate style house located at 69 Phila Street was constructed by mason Robert Hunter. Both houses are listed as contributing buildings to the East Side Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Despite their poor condition, the buildings still retain their architectural integrity. The owners of 65 and 69 Phila Street are requesting demolition due to the condition of the properties. The Foundation strongly opposes this request, as this is a self-created hardship that could have been prevented.
The application will be reviewed by the Design Review Commission on Wednesday, March 3rd, at 6 pm via Zoom.
The public is encouraged to show their love to their favorite historic building in Saratoga Springs by taking a picture and share it on social media with the Foundation tagged or email Nicole Babie, Membership & Programs Director at firstname.lastname@example.org for the chance to win a prize. Submissions must be received by February 28th.
“Save Our Historic Buildings” lawn signs are also available for a suggested donation of $10. To receive one, order online with the Donation Note “Signs,” call (518) 587-5030, or email Nicole Babie, at email@example.com. Limited signs are available and signs should not be placed in the public right-of-way.