Our connection to Greene County goes back along way. Joe’s grandmother had a small place in Palenville and he spent many summers there. After she passed, we built a second home in Jewett in 2001. Eventually, we decided we wanted to come down from the mountain for warmer summers and to be closer to friends. We built a home in East Durham in 2011 overlooking Catskill Creek, where we live with our dog, Bunny, two horses, six chickens and a pair of ducks. We moved from the city to live there full time at the end of 2014, when Joe retired as CIO of Standard and Poors. Mike had retired some years earlier, leaving his position as partner and creative director at a boutique design firm that specialized in the cosmetic and fragrance industry.
We wanted to develop an event venue in the village of Catskill, a place we’ve always loved. How can you beat it? It’s Catskill on the Catskill (Creek) in the Catskills! We looked for a space with the flexibility to host a variety of functions. Our good friend, David Ludwig, a real estate broker, suggested the garage. The open and light-filled, 1920s-era building spoke to us. At the time, it was still a working garage, overflowing with old cars and dusty auto parts. It look vision and a lot of hard work to turn this building into the beautiful space it is today.
Paying homage to the building’s past as a garage was important. From the start, we knew we wanted to keep the industrial feel. We replaced the large windows in the front, which gave the space an open and airy atmosphere and helped connect it directly to historic Main Street.
One of the main selling points of the building was the soaring sawtooth roof. We replaced all 100 panes of old plexiglass with double-glazed glass, which was an aesthetic, but also energy-conscious choice. Perhaps the biggest challenge was replacing 200 hand-milled timbers in the original roof structure, and we credit our contractor, Steve Halaand, his team and his father, for making that possible.
We also updated the roll-up garage door that separates the main space from the landscaped courtyard. This keeps with the original garage feel and opens the space to the courtyard, but is also practical, since it provides easy access when setting up and breaking down for events.
We hope you love the space as much as we do!
Check out our Pinterest page to see photos of the transformation.