New old lights shine in Pine Hill's library
Pine Hill — The rooms in Morton Memorial Library are newly aglow with three antique pendant lights provided by a business two doors down on Elm Street, Cloudspinners Antiques.
The existing ceiling fixtures had obsolete fittings and one was completely broken, leaving an aisle and bookshelves dark. To replace them, the trustees turned to Pete Di Modica and Chandra Lencina of Cloudspinners. The couple has recently developed antique lighting as a specialty within their antiques and woodworking business. They provided three milk glass pendant lights, which now beautifully illuminate the historic building’s interior. These chandeliers, with two-part shades from the late 1920s to the mid-1930s, were modified by Cloudspinners to take three compact fluorescent bulbs each providing more light with 78 watts than the previous light’s 300-watt incandescent bulbs. Electrician Jim Ashby of Shandaken did the installation.
Other recent improvements to the property include removal of an underground fuel tank, new rugs in the library and installation of a bike rack near the sidewalk. More improvements are planned, including a new fence or railing along the walkway leading up to the building’s entrance.
Erected in 1903, the Morton Memorial Library was planned by Dr. Henry Morton, the first president of Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, in memory of his wife Clara. The Mortons were summer residents of Pine Hill.
Henry Morton died in 1902 but the building was completed by the couple’s sons, Henry Samuel Jr. and Quincy Ludlow Morton. It is designed in the American Georgian neoclassical style and is on the National and State Registers of Historic Places.
The library at 22 Elm Street is open Tuesday and Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m., Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday from 5 to 9 p.m., and Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. Call 845 254-4222 for information.