John Smith House (Kingston, New York)
John Smith House
South elevation and east profile, 2008
|Governing body||private residence|
|MPS||The Historic and Architectural Resources of Albany Avenue, Kingston, Ulster County, New York|
|NRHP Reference #||02001315|
|Added to NRHP||November 15, 2002|
It has remained relatively intact since then. In 2002 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The house is on a deep, narrow, level lot at the corner of the busy intersection of Albany Avenue and Chandler Drive (Interstate 587/NY 28). This junction marks a boundary between the mixed-use uptown area around the Stockade District and the residential neighborhoods of Albany and neighboring streets. The George J. Smith House is to the east, with the Sharp Burial Ground about 300 feet (91 m) further away on the other side of the street. Both properties are also listed on the Register.
The Smith house is a two-story, three-by-three-bay clapboard-sided frame structure on a raised brick foundation with a moderately pitched hipped roof. The roofline has broad overhanging eaves, a molded cornice and paired brackets.
A full-length porch runs along the first story of the south (front) facade. It has a similarly pitched hip roof with a molded, dentilled cornice. The roof is supported by four wooden posts on octagonal plinths. Behind all three bays have French doors, molded cornices and louvered shutters. The second-story windows have similar trim.
On the northernmost two bays of the first story on the east is a projecting bay window. The north (rear) elevation has similar windows and an enclosed porch. The west, facing what is now the end of the interstate, is the least decorated of the facades, with asymmetrical windows and an enclosed cellar stair.
The main entrance, two paneled glass and wood doors with a large transom, leads to a broad central hall with large parlors on either side. Here and on the second floor, many of the original finishings, including plaster and wood, remain.
The house is first recorded in an 1870 map as the home of a Mrs. C.S. Smith. A city directory from ten years later clarifies that this is Catherine S. Smith, described as the widow of John Smith. By the early 20th century it had passed to other owners, and has remained a private residence ever since.
- Bonafide, John (June 2002). "National Register of Historic Places nomination, John Smith House". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved December 5, 2009.