William and Anne Pape’s home on North Broadway was built during a resurgence of Colonial traditional style in Saratoga Springs, and was loosely modeled on Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.
By today’s standards, this 8-bedroom, ivy-covered stucco home is a mansion, but during the decades of Saratoga Springs’ heyday as a gambling resort, it was merely a “cottage” – a vacation house for the wealthy. At the turn of the century, it was owned by Susan Griffith, who inherited a fortune from an uncle who was the largest brewer in New York. It later became known as the Chenery House after the owners of the famed race horse Secretariat bought it.
By the time the Papes bought the little fixer upper in 2010, the front entry and side porch of the home were in bad shape. The covered portico was rotted and the ornate molding was damaged.
Old Saratoga Restorations put on a new soldered copper roof and Philadelphia gutters, which are built into the cornice structure and drain through internal leaders (they can’t be seen from the ground.)
The roof reframing had to be done without removing the historic porch or disturbing the ivy covering the home. The dental molding, columns and appliques were restored where possible – and, where they were too far gone – recreated.
The Papes were given an award by the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation in 2013 for the care they took with this porch restoration.