Crandell Theatre, Oak Hill named to National Register of Historic Places
Rick Karlin is reporting at Capitol Confidential Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced last week the New York State Board for Historic Preservation's latest additions to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The 22 properties included an Adirondack fire tower, a schoolhouse on Long Island and a historic synagogue in New York City. Local sites making the list: the Crandall Theatre in Chatham, built in 1926, as a venue for live vaudeville and the screening of motion pictures, and the Oak Hill Historic District in Durham. According to the governor's press release, the buildings and structures located in the Oak Hill Historic District provide a record of how "it evolved from a Revolutionary War-era frontier settlement in the rugged Catskill Mountain foothills into a thriving hamlet with its own manufacturing and commercial firms, hotels and religious organizations by the mid-19th century." There are more than 120,000 historic buildings, structures and sites throughout the state listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The designation allows owners of the sites and historic preservation groups access to state and federal grant funds to maintain and improve the properties. Read the full story at Capitol Confidential, a Times Union blog.