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Sanford Mansion

 
 
Sanford Mansion Marker - Amsterdam, New York image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 19, 2008
1. Sanford Mansion Marker - Amsterdam, New York
Inscription.
Home of Stephen Sanford
Industrial Pioneer, Rugmaker
and Philanthropist c. 1860
Donated by John Sanford for
Amsterdam City Hall 1932

 
Erected by Heritage & Genealogical Society of Montgomery County.
 
Location. 42° 56.335′ N, 74° 11.319′ W. Marker is in Amsterdam, New York, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Church Street (New York State Route 67), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located in front of Amsterdam City Hall. Marker is in this post office area: Amsterdam NY 12010, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Green Hill Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Mother Lake" (approx. mile away); Chuctanunda Terrace Site (approx. 0.3 miles away); Donato (Dan) Persico, Chief T/M (approx. half a mile away); Sweet Canal Store (approx. 0.6 miles away); Guy Park, 1766 (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Guy Park (approx. 1.2 miles away but has been reported missing); Hurricana Stock Farm (approx. 1.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Amsterdam.
 
Also see . . .
1. Stephen Sanford. Short biography of Sanford. (Submitted on September 26, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Sanford Mansion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 19, 2008
2. Sanford Mansion Marker
There is a concrete monument at the base of the marker which reads, "Time Capsule 2054".
 

2. Sanford and Sons Carpet Factory. The original factory site was destroyed in a 1849 fire. After the plant was rebuilt, it operated as part of "Sanford and Sons" into the 20th century. (Submitted on September 26, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Stephen Sanford
(May 26, 1826 - February 13, 1913) was the son of John Sanford (1803-1857) and father of John Sanford (1851-1939), a Representative in the United States Congress from New York, born in Mayfield, Fulton County, N.Y. He attended the common schools and local academy at Amsterdam, N.Y., Georgetown College, Washington, D.C., for two years, and the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. He was engaged in the carpet manufacturing business from 1844 until his death. He was elected as Republican to the Forty-first Congress (March 4, 1869-March 3, 1871), declined to be a candidate for renomination, and was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1876. He died in Amsterdam, N.Y., February 13, 1913, and is interred in the Green Hill Cemetery in Amsterdam, New York.
    — Submitted September 26, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.

Sanford Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 19, 2008
3. Sanford Mansion
The Sanford Mansion marker is to the left, in front of the columns.
2. The Former Sanford Mansion

Stephen Sanford, Amsterdam's most influential industrialist, built a home on this location in circa 1866-9, opposite his carpet mills. Originally a Second Empire style house, Stephen's son John Sanford and John's wife enlarged and extensively remodeled the building in 1913 after Stephen's death, adding a third floor, a back wing and the impressive front portico with its Corinthians columns. As the Sanfords spent more and more time with international society in Florida and elsewhere, the family donated the building to the city in 1932 upon the death of John Sanford. As City Hall the building remains largely unchanged and retains numerous period details attesting to the wealth and taste of the Sanford family.

This imposing Classical Revival style building of Stone, Brick, Metal was designed by Albert W. Fuller (1854-1934) of Albany's firm, Fuller and Wheeler. The building was listed in The National Register of Historic Places on February 5, 2001. In 2005 the 50,000-square-foot building had an appraised value of $412,000.

In 2005, the administration of Amsterdam Mayor Joseph Emanuele III raised the possibility of selling the building because it is an older building which requires increased maintenance that city officials appear hesitant to carry out. City officials reportedly would consider selling the building if the city
Amsterdam City Hall image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 19, 2008
4. Amsterdam City Hall
The Sanford Mansion was donated to the City of Amsterdam in 1932 after the death of John Sanford.
could receive $5 million for it.
    — Submitted September 26, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.

 
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