Posted by Alex Becker '13
Bordering an 188-space parking lot on the corner of High Rock Avenue and York Street in Saratoga Springs, NY rests a piece of character on the edge of concrete, an 1885 three-story brick Victorian house that sits solo, abandoned by any homes similar. After spending a summer working for the Pedinotti family at this very house, which is now a restaurant, I became curious about its history within the context of the surrounding neighborhood. In unraveling one family's story within the larger picture of Saratoga urban changes, this project explores the relevance of this history in the context of the city, today, by revealing how an ongoing conflict over space reflects a larger relationship between two families and one city over time; it is this relationship that becomes reconfigured as the city changes and grows.
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