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Slabsides (John Burroughs Cabin)

West Park, New York
County of Ulster.
West of West Park
National Register Number: 68000034
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling. The threat level was Watch in
2002.
Congressional District: NY-26 Certified Local Government: NO
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Statement of Significance (as of designation - November 24, 1968):
From 1895 to 1921, this was the summer residence and retreat of the noted scientist and nature writer John Burroughs. The cabin, which was designed and built by Burroughs, is called "Slabsides" because of its bark-covered siding, which is original to the time of its construction.

Condition:
Over the years, the bark on the building's distinctive slabsides planks has become detached, while some of the planks themselves are rotted and/or insect-infested.

Slabsides has been awarded NPS Challenge Cost Share funds and a matching state grant to help cover the expense of stabilizing, preserving and restoring SlabsidesÂ’ plank siding.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
The siding should be stabilized, preserved and restored. Additional funding should be sought if needed.


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