In an interesting twist on the tried-and-true “period restoration,” Tina Spangler’s charming 1950s-era cottage is actually furnished with furniture, decor and even appliances from a variety of eras, dating back to the 1920s. Her philosophy is that people hold onto things and build up a collection over the years, so filling the place with 1950s tchotchkes just wouldn’t feel right.
The community in which the cabin is located has a very interesting history that lends itself to the character of the place. After a well-known New York jazz musician established a vacation home there in the 1920s, Luxton Lake became something of a holiday mecca for African American New Yorkers. Willie Mays and Louis Armstrong both had residences there. Unfortunately, the damn protecting the lake’s waters fell into disrepair and without consulting the community, the state breached the dam and drained the lake, to prevent a potentially catastrophic failure. A lakeside community without a lake, the summer population dwindled and homes like Spangler’s were left to the elements. Thankfully, there has been a renewed interest in the community and hopefully “Lucky Lake” can thrive again, water or no.