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Historical Society To Host Lecture On Oswego Industrialist Swits Conde, His Estate ‘Mon Repos’

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego County Historical Society will host its next lecture entitled “Restoring History and the Swits Conde Estate: An Architectural Detective Story” on Nov. 13 at 1:30 p.m. at the Richardson-Bates House Museum, 135 E. Third St.

The program will be presented by Oswego resident Dr. Paul Stewart who, along with partner Steven Phillips, has been restoring the residence of Swits Conde’s eldest son, Swits Churchill Conde, which was once part of the family estate known as Mon Repos.

The Oswego County Historical Society will host a lecture entitled “Restoring History and the Swits Conde Estate: An Architectural Detective Story” on Nov. 13. Pictured is an early 20th century image of the Swits Conde estate known as Mon Repos. The mansion once stood at West Fifth and Seneca streets. (Courtesy of the Oswego County Historical Society)
The Oswego County Historical Society will host a lecture entitled “Restoring History and the Swits Conde Estate: An Architectural Detective Story” on Nov. 13. Pictured is an early 20th century image of the Swits Conde estate known as Mon Repos. The mansion once stood at West Fifth and Seneca streets. (Courtesy of the Oswego County Historical Society)

The visual presentation will follow the journey of Stewart and Phillips in the restoration their historic residence, while learning about the life and times of Swits Conde as one of the leading industrialists in 19th century Oswego.

“The story of Swits Conde, his wife, Apama, and their children is a fascinating one,” said Justin White, president of the Oswego County Historical Society. “The historical society is fortunate to have a substantial collection of photographs and memorabilia donated by direct descendants of the Conde family, which documents the grandeur of Mon Repos.”

The Condes had the most lavish house warming party ever given in Oswego on June 7, 1883. Many society notables from New York City arrived by train to attend.

Mon Repos was considered one of the finest private residences in all of New York State at the time it was finished. In the 19th century, Swits Conde and his family were local celebrities both in Oswego and in New York City, where they also had a home.

“Mon Repos was demolished in 1915, and now several early-20th homes occupy the site on West Fifth Street, between Seneca and Schuyler,” said White. “Today the restored Queen Anne style home of Swits Churchill Conde and the caretaker’s cottage are all that is left of this remarkable estate.”

This lecture is part of a series presented this fall at the museum.

The event is free and open to the public with donations accepted.

The Oswego County Historical Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1896 and dedicated to the collection, promotion and interpretation of the historical resources of the county.

The museum is open Thursday through Saturday from 1 – 5 p.m. and other days by appointment.

For more information, call the museum at 343-1342.