2012-03-28 / Front Page

‘Winter Hill’ Nears Completion; Conservancy Headquarters on the Market


The Garden Conservancy headquarters on Route 9 in Philipstown.CHRIS LAYTON.The Garden Conservancy headquarters on Route 9 in Philipstown.CHRIS LAYTON.Several Philipstown nonprofits will soon be housemates.

The PCN&R has learned that a colonial house on Route 9—just north of and across the road from Vera’s Philipstown Market—is on the market. The building currently serves as part of the East Coast headquarters for The Garden Conservancy, the national nonprofit organization that promotes the preservation of noteworthy gardens across the US.
It is anticipated that the Conservancy, along with the Hudson Highland Trust and the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (which will use the space primarily for storage), will move to the Winter Hill site on Nazareth Way, off of Snake Hill Road, this summer, but there is no firm confirmation yet of a projected moving date.
On Monday the PCN&R spoke with Ben Benoit, who represents the Buck family’s 20 Nazareth Way LLC. The property, which consists of 30 rolling acres, is now named “Winter Hill,” in recognition of its longtime use as a sledding spot for local children.
Benoit confirmed that the 8,600-square-foot building, which once housed the Nazareth Life Institute, and has recently been refurbished to accommodate the nonprofit offices, will be ready for occupation in May, with “rolling” move-ins expected once the leases are signed by the various lessees.
An open house for the entire community is anticipated to take place toward the end of this summer.
The property will be disabled-accessible, with an elevator and other appropriate accommodations. Benoit noted that the renovation of the building had included the preservation of “what we think are the best features,” including some fireplaces.
Access to the facility will continue to be via Nazareth Way, where signage will also be installed, and ample parking space will be provided for all of the employees working there.
As for the Conservancy’s current headquarters, real estate professional Robert A. McCaffrey of Cold Spring listed the property last week. The 2-story, 9-room colonial house, built in 1900, stands on 1.25 mixed-use acres and includes a 10-space parking area. The property is described as “a great place to live and work,” and “well maintained,” with “superb visibility,” including views of Clove Creek. The listing also suggests it might make a veterinary office, medical office, or healing arts center, with “minor adjustments” required to make it a single-family residence.


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