The Reher Bakery Building Restoration

building-restoration1In 1975, in his inventory of historic structures along lower Broadway, architect George V. Hutton, described the Reher Bakery building at 101 Broadway as “one of the better examples of its type and style in the district.”  The Reher Bakery is also featured in William Rhoads’ Ulster County, New York: The Architectural History & Guide (Delmar, NY: Black Dome Press, 2011), pp. 76-77.  Located on the corner of Broadway and Spring Street at the northern end of Rondout’s historic district, this remarkable 19th century Italianate structure, with its towering arched storefront windows, welcomes visitors to Kingston’s burgeoning Waterfront District.

building-restoration2There are a number of structural problems threatening the long-term viability of the Bakery, however.  Spring Street is called Spring Street for a reason, and long term incursion of ground water from an underground spring has left its mark.  The Jewish Federation of Ulster County has secured two major grants from New York State to re-mediate the water issues, stabilize the structures, and begin adapting the buildings for use as the home of the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History.  We have also received numerous grants from the City of Kingston to fund our restoration and stabilization efforts, and from the Preservation League of New York State and the City of Kingston for technical studies of the building.

Marilyn Kaplan of Preservation Architecture, Albany, NY, is the architect for the Building Stabilization Project.  She was first retained by the Jewish Federation in 2005 to complete an Existing Conditions Report.  Since then, she has developed and overseen our Storefront Restoration Project (2009), funded in part by the City of Kingston, and a Limited Window Restoration Project (2010) also funded by the City of Kingston.  Additionally, She recently completed an Historic Structures Report with funds from The Preservation League of New York and private donations that will inform our future preservation efforts.

Jack C. Healy, of Ryan-Biggs Associates, an Albany-based structural engineering firm, is the lead engineer for the Building Stabilization Project.