Kate Wood grew up criss-crossing the country with her educator parents and two brothers in the family’s Volkswagen Bus, visiting house museums, battlefields, Main Streets, and national parks. At home, their 1927 Tudor Revival house was a constant renovation work in progress. Everyone was expected to pitch in. No surprise that one brother became an architect, the other a park ranger, and Kate a preservationist, with degrees in Historic Preservation and Urban Planning from Columbia University. She is an Associate Broker specializing in historic and “fixer-upper” properties with Patricia A. Hinkein Realty (Germantown, NY), co-author of Interior Landmarks: Treasures of New York (Monacelli Press), and a Friends of Clermont Historic Site board member. She was CEO of LANDMARK WEST!, the non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to preserving Manhattan’s Upper West Side (home to more than 3,500 landmark buildings) for over 15 years. Together with her husband David, Kate began rehabilitating Hudson Valley properties in 2007 and believes there is nothing half so worth doing as messing about in old houses.
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David Sprouls, President of the New York School of Interior Design (by day), not so secretly enjoys fixing things, provides essential design direction, and points out details that Kate missed. Somehow we’ve managed to rehab houses together not only without killing each other, but actually loving (almost) every minute of it.
Ethel Wood, Kate’s mother (and navigator for those childhood cross-country trips) is a writer and founder of WoodYard Publications who moved her life to the Hudson Valley to help lay the groundwork for Worth Preserving as a primary investor, hands-on laborer, and (these days) executive babysitter. Chip Wood—Ethel’s son, Kate’s brother and a Colorado-based architect—brought his New York State license to the task, drawing up plans for the rehabilitation of 285 and 321 Main Street.
Worth Preserving apprentice Patrick, Kate and David’s son, is mastering his paintbrush and sandpaper skills (yes, he should be wearing a mask).
Friends & Collaborators.
We rely on a core team of contractors and all-around wonderful people whose indispensable carpentry, plumbing, electrical, masonry, roofing, finishing, and other skills bring joy to our work and, with each project, fresh life to our community.