Discovering Newburgh’s Hidden Architectural Gems in Archtober and its many events
Newburgh, NY – October 1, 2023 – Home to the second-largest historic district in New York State, Newburgh NY is set to celebrate its rich tapestry of architecture, preservation, and history the weekend of October 6-8, 20
Archtober Newburgh is a new city festival with a delightful array of over 20 programs, including architectural walking tours, a kids' scavenger hunt, preservation grant workshops, a short film series, and much more.
Drawing inspiration from the Center for Architecture's Archtober - a well-established festival in New York City - Archtober Newburgh coincides with Newburgh's 50th Anniversary of the East End Historic District. The Fullerton, a Newburgh-based non-profit, is spearheading this exciting lineup of events aimed at honoring our shared cultural treasures, raising awareness about their significance, and engaging a broader audience in neighborhood preservation efforts.
Highlights of the weekend include the commission of a porch "pavilion" to serve as a hub for programs and events on a vacant lot at 15 South Johnston Street, adjacent to a building shell. This commission was made possible by an open call funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation. Judged by a community committee, the winning entry of the open call and the designer of the porch pavilion is architect Joshua Jow. In addition to the pavilion, a series of free, public workshops includes:
A Historic Tax Credits workshop by New York State Historic Preservation Office
A presentation about Sacred Sites grants for safeguarding historic church properties by the New York Landmarks Conservancy
Two hands-on demonstrations by Hudson Valley House Parts on Lead Abatement & Brick Repointing
A film screening of The Sixth Section which documents the immigrant labor experience in Newburgh.
A presentation on Latino culture and preservation by architect Enrique Silvia
An exploration of using technology like Urban Archive or Minecraft to amplify historic collections
A Look! Mira! Architectural Scavenger Hunt of Newburgh for the young and the young at heart.
See roster of events and schedule below and at www.thefullerton.org/events
More events are planned throughout the month organized by an incredible roster of local organizations including Newburgh Free Library, Newburgh Preservation Association and Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands. Be sure to follow individual organizations to learn about more programs and collaborations.
Archtober Newburgh is sponsored by AIA Westchester Hudson Valley. The weekend offers up to 12 AIA credits for architects to fulfill their annual continuing education credits.
This festival also marks the culmination of The Fullerton’s Building Shells: Building Community project. This project seeks to address the issue of vacant properties in Newburgh, specifically focusing on building shells, or structures that lack a floor plate and/or roof. In 2015, Pace University Law reported approximately 700 vacant properties in Newburgh. Since then, through the dedicated efforts of non-profit organizations and a thriving economic climate, the number of vacant properties has decreased to around 200 with a total of 32 of them being building shells that remain at risk of demolition.
Previous initiatives undertaken by Building Shells: Building Community project include field research, the creation of a community toolkit, interactive workshops, clean up days, and architectural walking tours.
This commendable effort is being led by Naomi Hersson-Ringskog and Liz McEnaney, board members of The Fullerton, both of whom bring diverse experiences in presenting art in alternative spaces. Naomi co-founded No Longer Empty in NYC, while Liz served as the Executive Director of the SS Columbia Project.
This endeavor is made possible with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts, with additional support from the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, Hudson Valley Credit Union, WASmith Insurance, and John E. Streb Fund for New York of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
For more information about Archtober Newburgh and a detailed event schedule and possible rain venue, please visit The Fullerton’s website: www.thefullerton.org.
October 6 - 8, 2023
15 South Johnston Street in Newburgh NY
13 AIA Credits offered
Friday October 6
3pm: The Preservation League of NYS presents its Technical Assistance Grant program (RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org)
5:30pm: (New)burgh Porch Ribbon Cutting featuring Architect Joshua Jow
Saturday October 7
3pm-6pm: Story Screen Presents Short Urban Films on Loop
5pm: Lecture: Latinos in Preservation by Enrique Aureng Silvia
6:30pm: Story Screen Presents 'The Sixth Section' with Awesome Newburgh’s Laura Garcia and Rene Mejia Jr
Sunday October 8
9am: Building Shells : Building Community, a toolkit to vacancies in Newburgh
10am: Look! Mira! Architectural Scavenger Hunt with YouthBuild
3pm-5pm: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the East End Historic District at The Spirits Lab. East End Gin gets its name from the historic district of Newburgh, known as the “East End,” which is where Spirits Lab Distillery is located.
The Fullerton seeks to revive Newburgh’s grandeur by collaborating on cultural programs and supporting creative endeavors that celebrate Newburgh’s history and diverse culture