Spectra Painting, Inc .
We are starting a project at this Historic home. Due to a burst water pipe a large section of the main hall ceiling and portions of the walls were completely destroyed and the old Plaster and lathe had to be removed. We will be installing new plaster and lathe and repainting and duplicating and original color coat plaster finish.
Completed as a one-room farmhouse in 1695 by Arent Schuyler, the Schuyler homestead was passed to Arent Schuyler’s great granddaughter Hester Schuyler who married William Colfax, commander of George Washington’s Life Guards. Their grandson, Schuyler Colfax, Jr., was the 17th Vice President of the United States. The Dutch Colonial style addition to the originally brick and field-stone building was added by Colfax in 1783.
Despite the 20th century alteration of the structure to add dormers in place of “belly-windows,” the Schuyler-Colfax House was added to the State and National Registers of Historic Places in 1965, a decision based upon surviving historic features and the important role the Schuyler-Colfax family has played in local history.
Today, the building operates as a local history museum having been purchased in 1994 by Wayne Township from Dr. Jane Colfax.