Albany Elevator Company To The Rescue

elevator1There are definitely two schools of thought when it comes to restoring old elevators. As many of you know, there is currently a 1939 Otis Elevator in the lobby of the Roseboro. It has 7 stops because the Howland House and the Roseberg Hotel were at different levels when they were connected together. The elevator door opens at a different side depending on which wing you desire to enter.

I have spoken with a number of elevator companies. Most tell me that the old elevator should be torn out and replaced with a modern automatic elevator. (Obviously, they stand to benefit $$$$ from the cost of putting a new elevator in.) The cost is further inflated by adding 7 stops into the mix. Major $$$$$!

Titanic Museum

titanicI am a huge Titanic fan and have collected hundreds of photos and memorabilia about the legendary cruise ship. I am even writing a book about my collection. One of the largest and most luxurious passenger liners at the time, the Titanic was also considered by many to be unsinkable. On April 14, 1912, however, the ship struck an iceberg, and early the next day it sank. Over 1,500 people perished.

Since I have a LOT of space in the Roseboro, I plan to devote a couple of rooms into a Titanic museum to display my photos and and memorabilia. Should be interesting!

Gift Shops

brookfair-gardensI plan to open two of my own stores at the Roseboro. One will be “The Roseboro Gift Shop” featuring souvenirs and memorabilia of the Roseboro and the historic village of Sharon Springs. The other will be “Brookfair Gardens,” which will feature a wide variety of garden related products and gifts. I was in San Francisco today attending the International Gift Show where I picked up about 20 new suppliers for merchandise that I will carry in the stores.

Sneak Peek to Restoration Plans

rennovations1Phase One of the Restoration Plans include opening of the Roseboro Restaurant to feature Family Style Dining. Patrons will select their individual entree meat but share side dishes such as potatoes, salads, vegetables, breads, relishes, etc. Individual plated meals will also be available. Homemade pies and delicious desserts will be optional. The restaurant will be redecorated in rich red colors. Dining will also be available on the porches in the summer months. The target date for the restaurant will be mid-August.

1996 Repairs

1996-repairsMany major repairs were done by Dennis Giacomo after he purchased the Roseboro Hotel in 1996. The building had sat vacant following the hotel closure in 1963. Thirty-three years of neglect had taken its toll on the structure. The entire roof had to be replaced, porches were repaired or replaced, new steps added – just to name a few repairs. Almost all of the foundations walls were rebuilt on the Howland House (Main Street building wing).