Foundation and Drainage Work 2003



City of Newburgh - October 1, 2003

Foundation Stabilization & Drainage Reconstruction at the Dutch Reformed Church, 2003

It's taken a while, but the restoration of Newburgh's landmark Dutch Reformed Church finally rests on a firm foundation. The only change visible today is a fresh new lawn in front of the temple-like facade, but the heavy earth-moving equipment seen digging all around the building this summer made critical repairs that had to be completed before any further restoration work could begin.

In 1999, the National Park Service (NPS) began a scope of work to stabilize Newburgh's historic Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) as per an agreement with the City. This work was funded by a combination of sources:

Save America's Treasures (SAT) Millennium 2000 grant applied for by Hudson River Valley Greenway Conservancy on behalf of the DRC
1999 City of Newburgh Bond encumbered funds
1996 EQBA grant from NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Promised SAT match of City in-kind services
CDBG 1997 encumbered funds

$50,000 into the overall stabilization, the NPS let the City know that the west foundation wall had suffered severe damage from drainage erosion, and NPS would not proceed with its scope of work until the wall was separately stabilized. That stabilization had to be simultaneous with reconstruction of the drainage in order to eliminate future damage.

Part of the same combination of funding was used for a separate contract to stabilize the west foundation wall and reconstruct the drainage to divert it from the building. Geodetic/soil tests were done, and specifications prepared for the work. Once the specifications were reviewed and found acceptable by numerous agencies, the contract was bid and awarded to R. O. Excavating, who commenced work in Spring 2003. The contract included the removal of the concrete pad in front of the building to restore the lawn, the discreet reinforcing of the west foundation wall with concrete, and the installation of manholes and piping to take roof and areaway water away from the building.

With the completion of this contract work in Summer 2003, the National Park Service will resume its scope of stabilization work in Fall 2003, using the remaining combination of funding.

Designed in 1835 by Alexander Jackson Davis, the building is considered an outstanding example of Greek Revival architecture. Now owned by the City of Newburgh, it was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2001.