BOULDERBERG MANOR A monument to the versatility and durability of cast-in-place concrete by Raymond C. Heum, P.E. Executive Director New York Concrete Construction Institute On a sunny March day in the company of my favorite reseach assistant (my wife Carol), I visited Boulderberg Manor on the west bank of the Hudson River in Tomkins Cove, Rockland County, New York. The Manor is remarkable for two reasons : (1)it is reportedly one of the oldest concrete houses in New York State; (2)it is one of the area's finest restaurants, operated for the past four years by two fine young country gentlemen, Ted Buonocore and Jack Patterson. Here's the background : Believed to be New York State's first cast-in-place concrete structure, Boulderberg Manor is also a fine example of American Gothic Revival architecture. Constructed in 1858, it predates the Ward House of 1975 which was America's first reinforced concrete structure. Boulderberg Manor is located on the eastern side of Route 9W in Tomkins Cove, Rockland County, New York, and takes its name from an 1890 chart which shows the site as Boulderberg. The exterior walls and the interior bearing walls are cast-in-place concrete. the floor system and roof system are wood frame. The exterior, with ornamental bargeboards, finials, crockets, oriel windows and other decorative treatment, is typical of houses constructed along the banks of the Hudson River during the early-middle Victorian period.