A downtown business and private residence, both located on Ford Street, are the May winners of the Greater Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce monthly Gateways & Corridors award for improved appearance.
The insurance agency Dillingham, Jones & Cissel, 402 Ford St., and the home of Linda Pellett, 1916 Ford St., were named.
The Gateways & Corridors awards are given to encourage home and business owners and the city to improve the appearance of heavily traveled streets - gateways and corridors - so that they attract visitors and potential homeowners and investors. Both properties are viewed as improvements to the appearance of Ford Street.
Dillingham, Jones & Cissel used a city-obtained, $40,000 state Main Street Program grant to help pay for new awnings, a door, masonry, lighting and exterior painting.
Im very appreciative to the city for the Main Street grant, Edward J. Dillingham said Friday.
Ms. Pellett was also happy to be chosen.
I was surprised and honored when Ms. (Greater Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sandra M.) Porter told me about the house recognition, she said. I have lived here for almost 12 years and it is a work in progress. The house is 1906 Italianate, and I try to keep as many features as I can.
The siding style, she said, matches the old original clapboards and wooden details such as the spindles on the porch and the corbeils on the windows and doors were copied.
I enjoy landscaping and have planted shrubs of different colors and textures as well as fruit trees and roses, Ms. Pellett added. Now that I am retired, I hope to spend more time working on the house both inside and out.
For more information on the Gateways & Corridors program, call the chamber office at 393-3620.