Building Stone Walking Tour with Emily Burns

Saturday, October 1, 2022
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Greenwich, CT

The Second Congregational Church, Greenwich, CT for use, Photo credit: Charlie Kramer, AIA

The Greenwich Avenue Historic District (listed on the National Registry in 1989), with over 100 contributing buildings and monuments, provides a variety of stone structures which Emily will speak about in detail, including geology and quarry sources. The tour consists of a dozen buildings and monuments, periods ranging from Late Victorian, Romanesque to Art Deco.




Event Leader

Emily Burns teaches geology and oceanography courses, including urban geology, at Rhode Island Community College. Dr. Burns has lead many stone tours of buildings and monuments in northeast U.S. cities, including walking tours for APTNE in New Haven, Boston, Providence and in the recent past NYC. She now returns to New England for her next APTNE walking tour in Connecticut.

Details & Logistics:

  • APTNE Member: $8
  • Students & Non-member Student: Complimentary
  • Non-Members: $12
  • 310 Greenwich Avenue, Restoration Hardware (Old Greenwich Post Office).
  • Parking is available nearby, including curbside and lots. Public transit is easy from the NYC and New Haven areas by use of Metro North Railroad. Train travel times from Grand Central and New Haven to the meeting point are approximately one hour.
Directions - Walking Directions (about ½ mile) to meeting point from Greenwich MNR train station.
1. Exit train and immediately walk left
2. Walk down sloped road
3. Turn left on Steamboat Road and walk under train bridge
4. Walk to light, cross Railroad Avenue and continue walking straight-ahead on the left-side (street changes name to Greenwich Ave)
5. Meeting point is at the granite obelisk in front of the Old Post Office (repurposed to retail as Restoration Hardware). Walking Directions (about ½ mile) - To meeting point from Greenwich MNR train station
  • WEST BOUND TRAINS – starting from NEW HAVEN
1. Exit train and immediately walk right
2. Walk to end of platform and down steps
3. Turn left on Steamboat Road and cross Railroad Avenue at the light
4. Continue walking straight-ahead on the left-side (street changes name to Greenwich Ave)
5. Meeting point is at the granite obelisk in front of the Old Post Office (repurposed to retail as Restoration Hardware).


Meeting Location

  • Meet at the Old Greenwich Post Office between 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.  The Old Greenwich Post Office (now repurposed as Restoration Hardware), is located at the corner of Greenwich Avenue and Arch Street.
  • Partial
  • Good footwear for walking - tour distance is about 2 1/2 miles.



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Saratoga Race Course and Adelphi Hotel Rehabilitation Tour

Saturday, October 8, 2022
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

267 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY Scanned by Dave Parker - Scanned post card, dated 1907, Public Domain,

This full day of exciting adventure features watching the horses warm-up, a tour of Saratoga Race Course, lunch in nearby Saratoga Springs, and and afternoon tour of the Adelphi Hotel, which was rehabilitated using Commercial Historic Preservation Tax Credits.

Saratoga Race Course, a thoroughbred horse racing track opened in 1863, is often considered the oldest major sporting venue in the country. The walking tour will focus on the rarely seen back of house area that contain dormitories, horse stalls, barns, and warm-up tracks. This opportunity contrasts with the public experience of trademark red and white striped awnings, a nineteenth-century grandstand, wrought iron architecture, and horse paths.

The Adelphi Hotel was built in 1877 to accommodate visitors arriving in Saratoga for its healing mineral baths and horse racing. A five-year rehabilitation project was completed in 2017 and the hotel’s grand splendor was revived. The restoration included work on 11-foot ceilings, a grand staircase, courtyard garden areas, stone patios, fountains and landscape garden walls.  


9:00 AM Coffee and donuts (included), while watching the horses practice.
10:30 AM Walking Tour of the Saratoga Race Course
12:30 PM Lunch (included) in charming downtown Saratoga Springs
2:00 - 3:30 PM Tour of the Adelphi Hotel


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Event Leader

Samantha Bosshart, Executive Director of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation, has been with the organization since 2008. She has made tremendous strides in the area of partnering with the Saratoga Race Course to advance historic preservation on the site. She regularly advocates for best preservation practices before the land use boards of the City of Saratoga Springs and provides technical assistance to property owners. Samantha serves on the board of directors of Discover Saratoga; Adirondack Architectural Heritage, where she serves as Secretary; and the National Preservation Partners Network, a group of more than 100 preservation nonprofits from across the country. Currently she is the vice chair of NPPN and is the chair of the Governance Committee.

Details & Logistics:

  • APTNE Member: $75
  • Students & Non-member Student: $25
  • Non-Members: $90


  • Saratoga Race Course, 267 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
  • The Adelphi Hotel is located at 365 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866


  • Amtrak runs from New York City to Saratoga and Albany. However, there is not a New York City Amtrak train the day of that will arrive on time, so please make arrangements accordingly.


  • Parking at the Saratoga Race Course is across the street from main entrance.
  • Street parking is available for Cantina Restaurant and the Adelphi Hotel and the Putnam Street Parking at 11 Henry St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 is a short walk away.

Meeting Locations:

  • For the 9:00 am horse practice, meet at Saratoga Race Course, Whitney Viewing Stand, East Avenue entrance (Potato Chip Lane / Gate 21) for the Oklahoma Training Track.
  • For the 10:30 for tour of the Race Course, meet at the Whitney Viewing Stand East Avenue entrance (Potato Chip Lane / Gate 21).
  • Lunch is at 12:30 at Cantina, 408 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.


  • Photography is allowed.


  • The walking tour has grass and dirt paths. Some stairs may be encountered.


  • For the walking tour, bring comfortable shoes for a great deal of walking.

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