The First Universalist Church of Duanesburg
The First Universalist Church of Duanesburg was built in 1836 and remained in active use until the 1880's when the congregation disbanded. The building stayed empty and deteriorating until the 1920's when Universalist management sold it to Smith, a printer who used it to store his equipment. Smith later converted the building into his home and shop, adding what he needed to but keeping the original grain-painted paneling, moldings, and all. In 1978, when Smith died, the contents of the home/shop/church were put up for auction.
The listings of printers' supplies lured Carpentier to the sale, but it was the building itself that captivated him.