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Watervliet Arsenal, Building No. 1, Mettler Road between Dalliba Avenue & Bricker Lane, Watervliet, Albany County, NY



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Location
Mettler Road between Dalliba Avenue & Bricker Lane, Watervliet, NY

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS NY-5521-B
Building/structure dates: 1841 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1906 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1951 subsequent work
National Register Number: 66000503
Significance: The building has served as the commandant's quarters since its construction in 1841. It is the earliest of five residences built at the north end of the arsenal during the 19th century to house the installation's highest ranking officers. Its residents include author Stephen Vincent Benet who wrote much of his first novel, The Beginning of Wisdom, while living in the house during his father's tenure as commandant of the arsenal.

Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. E (FRONT) ELEVATION. (Ryan)
2. S & E (FRONT) ELEVATIONS, WITH ARTILLERY FOUNTAIN IN FOREGROUND; LOOKING NW. (Ryan)
3. W & S ELEVATIONS, WITH GREENHOUSE (BUILDING 12) AT THE LEFT; LOOKING ENE. (Ryan)
4. N ELEVATION, WITH GREENHOUSE (BUILDING 12) IN THE FOREGROUND; LOOKING SSE. (Ceronie)
5. E (FRONT) & N ELEVATIONS; LOOKING SSW. (Ryan)
6. DETAIL VIEW OF FRONT DOOR, E ELEVATION; LOOKING NW. (Ryan)
7. FIRST FLOOR HALL AND STAIRWAY TO SECOND FLOOR; LOOKING WNW. (Ceronie)
8. PARLOR AND MUSIC ROOM, INCLUDING PARLOR FIREPLACE; LOOKING WNW. (Ceronie)
9. DINING ROOM, SHOWING FIREPLACE AND BUILT-IN CHINA CABINET; LOOKING SW. (Ryan)
10. SECOND FLOOR HALL, SHOWING STAIRWAY DOWN TO THE FIRST FLOOR AND STAIRWAY UP TO THE ATTIC; LOOKING ENE. (Ryan and Ceronie)
11. Photograph of a photograph in possession of the Watervliet Arsenal Museum, New York. SOUTH AND EAST ELEVATIONS BEFORE REMOVAL OF BALUSTRADE ALONG ROOF AND CONSTRUCTION OF PORCH ON THE SOUTH SIDE. QUARTERS 4 AND 6 ARE SHOWN AT THE RIGHT. DATED May 31, 1875.
12. Photograph of a photograph in possession of the Watervliet Arsenal Museum, New York. EAST AND NORTH ELEVATIONS SHOWN BEFORE REMOVAL OF BALUSTRADE ALONG THE ROOF AND ADDITION OF PORCH ON THE NORTH SIDE. POSSIBLY TAKEN ABOUT 1875.
13. Photograph of a photograph in possession of the Watervliet Arsenal Museum, New York. SOUTH AND EAST ELEVATIONS FOLLOWING REMOVAL OF BALUSTRADE ALONG THE ROOF AND CONSTRUCTION OF PORCH ON THE SOUTH SIDE. UNDATED.
14. Photograph of a photograph in possession of the Watervliet Arsenal Museum, New York. EAST AND NORTH ELEVATIONS FOLLOWING REMOVAL OF BALUSTRADE ALONG ROOF AND CONSTRUCTION OF PORCH ON THE NORTH SIDE. UNDATED.
15. Photograph of line drawing in possession of the Watervliet Arsenal Museum, New York. BASEMENT, FIRST FLOOR, AND SECOND FLOOR PLAN PUBLISHED IN OFFICERS QUARTERS AT THE ARSENALS AND ARMORY, WASHINGTON, D.C.: GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE, 1876, P. 40.


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