One mile from Route 7, two from the Albany Airport, minutes from the Northway, and just over a rickety, red, single-lane bridge, awaits the Niska Isle Estate. You’ll know you’ve arrived when the tranquility surrounds you. The loudest sounds: birdsong and the wind rustling the reeds at river’s edge.
The 3,200-square-foot main house was built in 1937 by J. Leslie Schoolcraft, a Union College graduate who prospered in the gas and oil business. Its style is reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Kathy Schoolcraft stands at the front door of the Niska Isle Estate main building.
Denise Stack of Faddegon's places a bow along a banister in Schoolcraft's home as she decorates the Niska Isle Estate house for the Junior League Home for the Holidays House tour earlier this month.
The dining room decorated for Christmas. Schoolcraft’s home was selected as one of the Junior League “Home for the Holidays” houses for its tour earlier this month.
A detail of the Christmas decoration at Schoolcraft's home - a festive dining room chair-back with live greens and ribbon.
Kathy Schoolcraft’s home, part of a 16-acre compound, sits on a peninsula in the Mohawk River and has been home to the Schoolcraft family for over a century
In Schoolcraft’s basement is a curved, black-and-red wooden bar from the 1930s.
Joan Graves of Faddegon's hangs ornaments on a Christmas tree in the home of Kathy Schoolcraft as she decorates the Niska Isle Estate house for the Junior League Home for the Holidays House tour earlier this month.
Another angle of the Niska Isle Estate main house shows the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Kathy Schoolcraft poses for a portrait at her Niska Isle Estate home.