93 Main St

93 Main Street, New Paltz, NY 12561

Elting Memorial Library
SBL: 86.127-1-24.100

93 Main Street is currently the site of the Elting Memorial Library, which was established in 1919 when the Solomon Elting (1793-1849) homestead was purchased for the community by Elting’s descendent Philip Elting, of Chicago, for $4,000. The library opened to the public and was officially dedicated the following October, amid great fanfare, and it has been in continuous use as a library since that date.
The distinctive original stone structure, with its south-facing wooden porches and two narrow dormers, was used as a store for most of the second half of the nineteenth century, successively managed by Solomon Elting, his son Ezekiel, Charles B. Hasbrouck and his brother Clinton, and Clinton’s son Oscar. In the early twentieth century it was partially repurposed as a boarding house by Oscar’s widow Theora, until it was sold in 1906 to John H. Hasbrouck and his son Henry.
Following its purchase by Philip Elting in 1919, Kingston architect Myron Teller was commissioned to convert the house into suitable reading rooms and shelf space for the c. 3,000 volumes of the previous library, then located at 68 Main Street. Major interior renovations followed, with a dedicated children’s room in 1949, heating on the second story in 1957, and a second-story magazine and reference room in 1959.
Major changes to the exterior also followed Elting’s 1919 purchase. In 1922 the property to the east of the new library was purchased and the store located there razed to create more space at the east end of the building.  The property was later increased further through the purchase of two lots along North Front Street, where the current library parking lot is located. In 1962 a 46 by 19-foot clapboard addition to the western side of the original stone structure was completed, creating a dedicated space for young readers. By far the most significant change to the property came in 2006, however, when after a long planning and fund-raising campaign an extensive addition tripled the size of the library, added many new interior features, and created a new principal entryway on North Front Street.
Image Credits: Historic Preservation Commission of the Village of New Paltz; Sojourner Truth Library Postcard Collection
Sources:  Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection, Elting Memorial Library; Carol A. Johnson, Elting @ 100: A History of the Elting Memorial Library (New Paltz, NY: Elting Memorial Library, 2009).

Elting (Solomon, Ezekiel)
Hasbrouck (Charles B., Clinton, Oscar, Theora)
Myron Teller



Eltin Library B&W
Elting Library Colour

Elting Library Stone Front

Elting Library Addition

The Grand Ol' Library

Tax parcel Number 86.127-1-24.100
Street number 93
Street Name Main St
Present Use Library
Historic Function Domestic
Historic Use Single Dwelling
Date of Construction c.1800
Dates of alteration c1970
Style Federal
No. of Stories 1 1/2
Construction method stone
Exterior material: historic 1 stone
Exterior material: historic 2 wood clapboard
Exterior material: present  
Roof Type gable
Roof Material wood shingle
Foundation Material stone
Porch location 1 entrance
Porch condition intact
Window condition intact
Overall integrity intact
Contributing Yes
Endangered No
Distinctive features 1 1/2 story 5 bay façade w/ central entrance w/ wood, front gable porch w/ wood balustrade, benches and arched ceiling; wood frame gable hood over rear (N) door; wood frame kitchen ell on W side; 2 front, 1 rear dormers
Notes Elting Memorial Library, home of the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection. http://www.eltinglibrary.org/hhhc/
Outbldg 1 type  
Outbldg 1 date  
Outbuilding Condition  
Outbldg 1 distinctive features  
Outbldg 2 type  
Outbldg 2 date  
Landscape features mature maple in front, mature locust in rear; large paved parking lot N side

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