David Michel

Scott Willis / WAER News

A vacant, boarded-up mansion that held a gloomy presence over the corner of East Genesee and Westcott streets for years now shines as an example of historic preservation.  The exterior of the former Babcock-Shattuck house is all but finished, and work has shifted inside.  Plumbing, electrical, and heating and cooling are mostly installed, and framing is ready for drywall.   The Queen Anne-style house was built in 1895, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.