University Neighborhood Preservation Association

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.

Samuel Gruber,

Developers hope one day it will serve as a welcoming gateway to the Westcott and University neighborhoods.  

Crews have been restoring the badly deteriorated front and rear porches of the former Jewish war veterans building, also known as the Babcock Shattuck house.  work is also being done on the windows.  David Michel with the University Neighborhood Preservation Association says the workers found more deterioration than they anticipated as they began working on the 118-year-old house…