KINGSTON – Friends of Historic Kingston announced the installation of four column capitals saved from the demolition of the old Kingston post office.
Construction workers and volunteers poses with two of the caps from the old PO (right photo)
Board members William Rhoads, Avery Leete Smith and Haynes Llewellyn authenticated the building fragments. Gary Arold of Arold Construction, offered to transport the 1,600 pounds of local history back to Kingston to rest at Sharp Burying Ground on Albany Avenue until a proper site could be found to honor the building.
The Friends group consulted with the City of Kingston and other community leaders for a site to honor the building. After many meetings and field trips, the location at the main gates of Montrepose Cemetery, 75 Montrepose Avenue, was selected as the final resting place for these architectural fragments.
Financial donations to offset some of the costs have come forth, particularly from City Historian Edwin Ford and Susan Hummel.