preservation

Current Preservation Projects


Restoration of the 1822 Schoolhouse

                                            The 1822 Schoolhouse, in its new location on the east side of the
Library grounds  near Quogue Street.

The 1822 one-room Schoolhouse, said to be the oldest surviving schoolhouse building on the East End of Long Island, is indisputably the most important historic public building in the Village of Quogue. The 198-year-old building is not only a rare example of its type and form, it preserves a remarkably high degree of architectural integrity.

Critical Need for Restoration. Since its opening as a museum in 1949, the Schoolhouse has undergone a number of repairs and restoration projects, including installation of electricity in 1962; new cedar posts in 1969; a new foundation in 1975; a new roof in 1979; and re-shingling in 1987.

In the years since the last restoration project, the damaging effects of the weather, as well as exposure to collected organic debris from a canopy of adjacent trees, have contributed to deterioration of the cedar shingles, on both the roof and sides of the building. The risk of water infiltration is high. The exposed exterior wood elements, e.g., window sashes and trim, have also shown areas of degradation, and in some places, serious rotting. In addition, restoration work and repairs to the building interior in prior years compromised some of the original historic fabric, altering the early 19th century design aesthetic.

Proposed Restoration Work, Costs, and Timetable. Of necessity, given the schedule of the Library’s expansion project, and due to funding requirements, the restoration of the Schoolhouse is being undertaken in two phases. All restoration work will follow the guidelines set forth in The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. Information on the scope of work, costs, and timing will be forthcoming in the next several weeks.


Commemorative National Register Bronze Plaques

On February 2, 2016, the National Park Service of the United States Department of the Interior approved the Quogue Historic District for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Listing in the National Register provides a truly meaningful recognition of what residents have known for many years – that Quogue possesses (as stated on the National Register website): “a remarkable collection of architecture that reflects Quogue’s history as an early agricultural community transformed into a predominantly seasonal community during the nineteenth century.”

“Contributing” properties (i.e., retaining their historic integrity) within the Quogue Historic District is individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places and eligible to obtain a plaque that recognizes its historic significance.

We believe the display of these handsome bronze plaques on properties throughout the Village will honor Quogue’s rich architectural and cultural history as well as people like you who maintain and restore these rare and precious documents of our past. We hope you will consider purchasing a plaque for your property.

Quogue is unique on the East End – remarkably, it holds a rich stock of 18th, 19th century, and early 20th century houses that still retain a high degree of architectural and historical integrity.”
                                                                   Zach Studenroth, former Southampton Town Historian

 

Click here to see sample plaques, standard and custom.
Click here to download an order form.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call the Quogue Historical Society
at 631- 996-2404 or email info@quoguehistory.org.