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Buried for 102 Years

During the recent final phase of the renovations to the Garden City Historical Society’s 1872 A.T. Stewart-era Apostle House into our museum, lead contractor David Schulteisz, owner of D & D Painting, Inc., uncovered a piece of history. While repairing and refinishing the oak floors on the first floor, several pieces of flooring that were previously poorly installed were removed. Once taken out, they revealed the remains of what appears to have been a fancy red carpet and a section of the April 4, 1903 issue of The New York Times. With 20 year’s experience working on historic homes mainly in Garden City, David knew this was of significance to the Historical Society and quickly called Society President Brian Pinnola and House Committee member George Bowen to the job site.

"Quite often in older houses, materials such as the carpet and newspapers were used as shims on top of the sub-floor to level the finish flooring above,” says David. “Other items such as milk and beverage bottles can be found in the walls and floors." David recommends that homeowners who are renovating older structures should be on the lookout for similar situations and handle any such findings with care.

The artifacts that were found at the Garden City Historical Society Museum are now stored in the Society's state-of-the-art, climate-controlled archive room for future use in an exhibit featuring historic items found or utilized during the renovation work.
Historical Society House Committee member George Bowen, left, and contractor David Schulteisz examine carpet swatch. The April 4, 1903 remnant of The New York Times Saturday Review of Art and Books, and below, carpet swatch.

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Historic Structures Survey

The Garden City Historical Society is asking residents and business owners in the Village of Garden City, Long Island, NY, who occupy a structure that dates back to 1935 or prior to participate in our Historic Structures Survey. We are compiling a research document of Garden City's oldest structures. For further information and to view the survey form, just click Historic Structures Survey

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