Rittenhassett, N.Y. — A new barn renovation is underway on Rote Hassett Square, and it’s going to be a blast for the neighborhood.
New owners of the former Rittenhaus building on the corner of Washington Avenue and Rittenbrandt Avenue are renovating the old brick barn.
It will be the first time a former Ritz-Carlton has been renovated since it closed in 1994.
“The barn is a beautiful addition to Rote Haassett,” the owners, who want to remain anonymous, said in a news release.
“We’re making it into a family friendly, fun space for families to come visit.”
It’s going be an all-day experience, said David Ziegler, president of the New York City Historic Preservation Society.
“I think we’re going to see an increase in people who have family here and they’re going be able to stay longer,” he said.
“There’s going a lot of family-friendly elements.”
A lot of the space is going to go up on the ground, but the barn itself is still going to have a lot going for it.
It’s an important part of the history of Rittenhill and the borough, Zieglers said.
The building was built in 1896 and the original Rittenhammers were located in the area until the 1980s.