Matthew Bialecki, AIA
Retained to Restore Historic Upper Nyack, NY Victorian Mansion
The former Deyrup House on North Broadway in Upper Nyack, New York, built in 1887 and immediately hailed as “a symphony in architectural forms” in the local press of its day, is to be restored to its former elegance in a collaboration between its new owners and award-winning New Paltz Architect, Matthew Bialecki, AIA.
The four-story home with its turrets, towering belvedere, multiple staircases, balconies and verandas was built by New York City architect, H.G. Knapp for Mr. J.A. Bennett, Esq., a United States Consul in Bogota who had lived for 30 years in South America. In 1918 it became the home of the well-known Deyrup family, and remained so for nearly a century. Felicia Deyrup, one of the four Deyrup sisters who inherited the house from their parents, was a four-term mayor of Upper Nyack and lived in the house until her death in 2003.
Writing in the Rockland County Journal on December 24 th , 1887, under the heading, “One of Rockland's Artistic Residences; A Beautiful Building Recently Erected in Upper Nyack,” editor Adam C. Hesselbarth described the house as being built with, “native stone from the Nyack Mountains … the best Philadelphia pressed brick … the best red Vermont slates and “trimmings of real terra cotta.” He described the interior accommodations are “unusually extensive” and possessing “remarkable qualities.” “Every room in the house is of large dimensions and commands a view of the [Hudson] river.”
Renovation is set to begin in July, 2005.
Matthew Bialecki has previously been recognized by the AIA for his designs of the Studley Residence, Gardiner; Rock and Snow, New Paltz; and 108 Fifth Avenue, a New York City apartment. In 2001 he received the President's Award from the New York State Chapter of the American Institute of Architects for outstanding service to the field of architecture.
His work has been featured in Architectural Digest (1996, 1999 and 2000) and in other national publications such as Period Homes and Progressive Architecture. He is a contributing author and editor of The New Bungalow , published by Gibbs-Smith Publishers in 2001.
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