The historic factory undergoes another round of restoration


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The nearly 160-year-old building in the former mansion of renowned poet and news editor William Cullen Bryant will become a work factory again as restoration work continues.

John Dawson, president of a non-profit organization, said:

The ornate Gothic Revival Factory was built in 1862 for Bryant in a beautiful mansion in Roslyn Harbor overlooking Hempstead Harbor.

The building was used as a summer villa and a mill to pump water and power machines. According to Harrison and Linda Hunt’s book William Cullen Bryant’s Cedar Mia Estate, the factory shut down in the early 1900s, and its main floor became the sculpture studio of the poet’s great-granddaughter Francis Bryant Godwin around 1930. It was renovated.

Brian died in 1878, and another great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Godwin, donated assets, including a mill, to the county in 1975.

The factory rehabilitation, which began in August last year, follows the early stages of rehabilitation led by the Roslyn Landmark Society from 2008 to 2012. This restoration was funded by Gerry Charitable Trust.

Tom Powell, Vice President of Friends, who oversees the current restoration, estimates that work to add a turbine and complete the internal refurbishment will be completed by the fall.

Visitors can see a rotating water wheel powered by water coming down from a nearby pond through a lock, he said.

“Inside, we have a viewing area where we plan to demonstrate the equipment and machines that the factory operates on,” Powell said.

Restoration costs are covered by two grants, $ 147,000 from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation and $ 130,000 from Nassau County’s capital planning fund, Powell said.

legislation. Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D-Glen Cove) said Cedarmere’s natural beauty and historical value make it worth preserving 7 acres of land.

“If anyone has passed it, it’s really majestic. It looks like a watercolor from [French painter Claude] “It’s very important to save these parts of history for future generations so that everyone can understand how we started and where we are,” Monet said. I think it’s important. “

Officials behind the restoration are also relying on the workshop to raise public interest when the pandemic is in the rear-view mirror. The house museum is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the site is open to the public.

“I think it will be the focus of the visitor,” Dawson said. “It enhances the property considerably and makes it a better visit.”

The mayor, Laura Callan, said he believed that cultural institutions and historic sites such as Cedarmere would help the county’s economic recovery.

“I think these places, these types of protected areas, homes, mansions and museums are generally very important for recovery from COVID,” Karan said. “When COVID is over, we want to attract more tourists and increase the number of people who come to see these beautiful gems in the county.”

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  • William Cullen Bryant built a spectacular Gothic Revival factory in 1862.
  • The factory was used to pump water and power the machines. Its main floor was used as a summer villa.
  • In the early 1900s, the factory shut down.
  • Around 1930, the main floor of the factory was converted into a sculpture studio by Francis Bryant Godwin, the great-grandson of the poet.

Source: “William Cullen Bryant’s Cedar Mia Estate” by Harrison and Linda Hunt


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