A lot of things happened after that, I meet with many people, talked to many more. Then in the way that things often happened, someone told me about a tangential connection between 5 Culvert St and The Shirt Factory.
If you’re familiar with Glens Falls, you’ll probably recognise this Tudor style house on Glen Street. This was the home of JR McMullen, one of the men who founded the Shirt Factory in 1902. Current Shirt Factory tenant, Bill McCarthy, shared a family story about his Aunt Rita who lived in the house at 5 Culvert Street in the 1940’s/50’s while working as a maid at JR McMullen’s house on Glen Street.
The more of the history I found, the harder I worked to find someone who had the means and resources to save this building.
On October 24th, before we had reached the deadline the city had given us, I attended another Common Council meeting, this time to show support for Darren Tracy, a Saratoga resident who wanted to take on the challenge of restoring this local gem. I had spoken to others around the state who were familiar with Mr. Tracy and his work, and heard nothing but good things. I shared all I heard with the Common Council, and the city sold the property to Mr. Tracy for $1.