Keeping in line with the legacy of history and tradition, New York's first capital received a letter dating back to the 19th Century. Time Warner Cable News reporter Alexandra Weishaupt has more on the document, and its strong ties to the City of Kingston.
KINGSTON, N.Y. -- Significant history came to Kingston in the form of a letter.
“The letter was dated August 26, 1873 from an architect by the name of Robert Huddleston. Mr. Huddleston was retained by then Mayor Lindsley in the city’s common council to erect the building that we’re now standing in,” said Mayor Shayne Gallo.
The authentic document and stamped envelope was purchased from an antique dealer on Ebay and then brought to Kingston’s City Hall by anonymous donors who recognized the historical significance of the letter's impact on the building and the city.
“It’s very gratifying to have them contribute to the community’s well being,” said Gallo. “These are the kind of people who sustain Kingston and keep the legacy going.”
The hand written agreement was to then Mayor James Lindsley and the Common Council on plans to build the structure for the architectural fee of $39,900 on the already historical piece of land.
Gallo said, “What’s interesting about the site that we now stand on, is that in the late 1700s when the British burnt Kingston, the locals stood and hid on the top of this hill from the British.”
In the early 20th century, a fire destroyed portions of this building, causing some cosmetic alterations. It later sat vacant for two decades until it was renovated and reopened at a cost of $8 million.
“To stand here in 2014 and to be its mayor it’s a continuation of Mayor Lindsley that in fact we want to keep this building opened as a fitting tribute to our city’s history,” he added.
The letter is to be placed on display in the mayor’s office and available for public viewing in the near future.