The Village of Minoa, NY, today announces the upcoming appearance of its historic Shoemaker mansion on the national television program, Operation Build. As a guest of the program, Oneida Air selected the Shoemaker mansion as the ideal site to demonstrate three of our flagship products that provide consumers with a dust-free renovation experience. This included the Dust Deputy®, the Viper Scraper, and our newly redesigned Vortex DCS for floor sanders.
Originally built in 1869 as a wood-framed family home by the late industrialist and NY assemblyman, Conrad Shoemaker, the Shoemaker mansion had long been vacant and begun to fall into a state of disrepair that included damaged drywall, exposed peeling paint, plaster debris, and worn and damaged hardwood floors.
Camillus, NY resident, Robert Kelsey, purchased the vacant mansion in 2013 and has since begun work to restore it to its original grandeur, while consulting with Minoa's village historian to include design features from the original home. His ultimate goal is to reopen it as a site with a commercial presence so that the community will be welcomed inside for events and/or artistic retail.
"My wife had grown up near the village of Minoa, and my family had ties to this area too. When we saw the mansion was for sale, we knew its restoration was something we wanted to undertake. We have the utmost respect for this beautiful and historic property as well its place in the early history of Minoa, and it is an exciting opportunity to restore it and make it a place that the community can enjoy.
The mansion is over 9,000 square feet in size, so the scope of the project is quite large, and potentially quite expensive. Because of this, I have been diligent in researching the best methods and equipment to help accomplish our goals while keeping costs in check. I am very appreciative of the team at Oneida Air Systems for the use of their products and their expertise in keeping dust—and ultimately renovation costs—to a minimum. " – Robert Kelsey
Oneida Air chose the Shoemaker mansion as an ideal candidate for our Operation Build segment not only because of the large scale of the project but because of Mr. Kelsey's unique vision for the mansion. With his vision, our products, and the support of the Village of Minoa, we're confident that we can make a real difference for our local community.