CRP Graduate Students Help Restore Historic Auburn Castle

CRP APT volunteers working at Auburn Castle
From left, APT members Melanie Colter (M.A. HPP '18) and Andrew Roblee (M.A. HPP '17) re-rope an original counterweighted window at the Auburn Castle. photo / Patrick Collier Connely
volunteer working on the exterior finish of Auburn Castle
APT member Maryam Rabi (M.A. HPP '20) helps to restore the exterior finish of the Auburn Castle. photo / Patrick Collier Connely
volunteers standing in front of Auburn Castle
CRP's Association for Preservation Technology group in front of Auburn Castle. photo / Patrick Collier Connely
From left, APT members Melanie Colter (M.A. HPP '18) and Andrew Roblee (M.A. HPP '17) re-rope an original counterweighted window at the Auburn Castle. photo / Patrick Collier Connely APT member Maryam Rabi (M.A. HPP '20) helps to restore the exterior finish of the Auburn Castle. photo / Patrick Collier Connely CRP's Association for Preservation Technology group in front of Auburn Castle. photo / Patrick Collier Connely
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November 16, 2016

CRP graduate students in the of the Cornell chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology (APT) recently traveled to Auburn, New York, to volunteer their time at the Samuel Laurie House, a historic property also known as Auburn Castle. The team helped restore exterior finishes and original windows and discussed approaches to preservation with the property's new owner.

"Being able to bring APT's expertise and skill to a volunteer project like this is rewarding," says group member Andrew Roblee (M.A. HPP '17). "It puts the lessons of the classroom in the context of the real world. I hope that our work can help kick start reinvestment in the Samuel Laurie House and its historic neighborhood."

Auburn Castle was built circa 1870 by the director of the Auburn Woolen Mill, Samuel Laurie, who had emigrated from Scotland. The castle is one of many properties students have visited in order to both learn from and assist with preservation as a part of their graduate study in CRP's Historic Preservation Planning program.

APT is a cross-disciplinary organization dedicated to promoting the best technology for conserving historic structures and their settings. The group that traveled to Auburn includes Melanie Colter (M.A. HPP '18), Brian Cooley (M.A. HPP '18), Sena Kayasu (M.A. HPP '20), Abigail Lawton (M.A. HPP '18), Maryam Rabi (M.A. HPP '20), Andrew Roblee (M.A. HPP '17), Michelle Van Meter (M.A. HPP '20), Olivia White, (M.A. HPP '18), and Tina Nelson, CRP's graduate field coordinator.

By Edith Fikes