Stable Gets Raised In Historic Tappan

Dated: 07/10/2013

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   Usually, the word used in the above title would be "razed", not "raised."  In this case, however, the story is different.  The stable was the livery stable connected with Borcher's Hotel across the street in the 19th and early 20th centuries.  Today, the former hotel building houses the Il Portico restaurant and the stable was  bought by the Tappan Library about ten years ago.  (Full disclosure: I'm vice president of the Tappan Library board of directors.)  At first, the idea was to use the stable as a separate facility, to be used for meetings, recitals, and the like.  As time went on, we decided to connect the stable with the existing library, and then reconfigure everything, bringing the new library into the 21st century, while maintaining the historical integrity of the two structures.  While the stable's location right next to the Sparkill Creek makes for a picturesque site, it also meant that flooding occurred from time to time.  In order to make the stable a usable structure, it was necessary to jack the building up  and settle it down on a new foundation that is a few feet high than before.  A lot of internal bracing went in before the stable was raised, and to say that we were nervous about the process would be an understatement.  The building has since been lowered onto its new foundation, and the project continues!
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Thano Schoppel

I have been a resident of Tappan for forty years, and still live in the 1860 Italianate Victorian house my wife Jean and I bought all those years ago. I have always been active in the community, inclu....

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