When Mr. de Graw purchased the building and the business, the structures were fronted by business entrances dating back to World War One days. The approaches were shabby, and the brick work of the building coated with decades of grime and soot.
Because of the winter weather, Mr. de Graw went immediately to work on the upper floors of his purchase, and by spring had completely renovated three apartments on the second floor and a larger apartment on the third floor.
On the ground floor, beginning in April, he began to renovate the store property west of the liquor store, installing a colonial style doorway, and painting the whole area a gleaming white. In June it was occupied by Dr. Jarvis E. Hyzer, Oneonta dentist.
Then the crew of workmen employed by Mr. de Graw started work on the liquor store, installing a matching front and completely renovating the interior into a modern business place, a project completed about two weeks ago.
The work by Mr. de Graw, he explained, has sparked similar “renovation” projects by several business men or building owners, among them Elias Jacobs of Stamford, owner of the Palmer Block at the intersection of Chestnut and Main streets.