Hudson Valley Demolition Alert
the Hudson Valley region undergoes its most massive physical
transformation since Urban Renewal, we are losing historic sites at an
alarming pace. Call it suburbanization, sprawl,
whatever you like. We are losing the places that gave the Hudson Valley
its identity in the first place.
January 25, 2017
The surviving portion of the Hudson River
Knitting Mill burned and was subsequently demolished on January 18, 2017. About
two-thirds of the mill complex was demolished in 2009, leaving one
building standing. The City of Hudson donated the building to a non-profit
organization in September 2016. The group, known as Kite's Nest, was using
the mill building for storage and planned to develop a youth center
The Mother Cabrini School, part of the Cabrini
West Park/Saint Cabrini Home property, was demolished in January 2017.
Established in 1890 as an orphanage for immigrant Italian girls, the
property also served as a novitiate and the orphanage expanded in scope
and service. The Mother Cabrini School, built in 1934, closed
in 2011 after incurring debt and following several tragic and
unfortunate incidents. The novitiate remains active with a very small
number of nuns living on-site, and the majority of the property is being
offered for sale. We did not have a photograph of the school but images
can be found at the links below.
The Bridge Diner, featured on page 29 of
Ruins; Forgotten Landmarks of an American Landscape", has been
demolished (although some websites suggest that a buyer was interested in
relocating the structure). It was considered to be the most intact,
extant, diner produced by the Bixler Manufacturing Company, whose diners
were known for being wider and taller than typical diners of that time.
This diner was built between 1931 and 1937. Although abandoned for
some time, the diner remained intact when we first photographed it around
2005. It had been gutted more recently, and was gone entirely by or around
the end of 2016.
Preparations for a long-discussed project in
Yorktown have begun at the northwest corner of Route 35/202 and the
Taconic Parkway. A motel, gas station, and nursery will be demolished and
in their place will be built a Lowe's Home Improvement store, two
restaurants, and a bank.
Hudson Valley Demolition Alert 2016
"The Barracks"/Mohegan Lake Boys School, Lake Mohegan; Harmon Railroad
Shop, Croton-on-Hudson; Nathaniel Booth House, Kingston; Village Hall,
Grandview; Hudson River State Hospital, Poughkeepsie; Matteawan Manufacturing
Company, Beacon, Brandreth Pill Factory, Ossining.
Hudson Valley Demolition Alert 2015
Letchworth Village, Thiells; The Croft, Ossining; Orange County Government
Center, Goshen; Abram Lent House, Orangetown; Hudson River State Hospital,
Poughkeepsie; Middletown State Hospital, Middletown; Julia L. Butterfield
Memorial Hospital, Cold Spring; Nepera Chemical, Harriman.
Valley Demolition Alert 2014
Abram Lent House, Orangetown; Blue Store, Livingston; Oulagisket, Garrison;
Halcyon Hall; Millbrook; Fort orange Paper Company, Castleton-on-Hudson;
St. James Chapel, Garrison; Yonkers Teutonia, Yonkers.
Hudson Valley Demolition Alert 2013
St. Patrick's Church, Watervliet; Starlite Theater, Latham; Bridge Plaza Neon
Signs, Tarrytown; Jackson House, Fishkill; Horton Sphere, Poughkeepsie; Second
Reformed Church, Philmont; Paul Clark House & Tavern, Albany; Yonkers
Teutonia, Yonkers; Curry Chevrolet Neon Signs, Scarsdale; Upper Station, Hudson.
Valley Demolition Alert 2012
Bella Vista / Elk's Club, Ossining; Brandreth Pill factory, Ossining; Lebanon
Springs Union Free School, New Lebanon; 19 Livingston Avenue, Dobbs Ferry;
19th-century brick mansion, Verplanck; Middle Hope Drive-In Theater, Middle
Hope; New York Central-Putnam Division Railroad Station, Millwood; Rock Hill
Lodge / Holland Sporting Club, Mohegan Lake; Kospa Farmhouse, East
Greenbush; Matteawan Manufacturing Company, Beacon; Nelson House Hotel,
Poughkeepsie; Fresh Air Home, Tomkins Cove; Knapp House, Yorktown;
Nathan's Hot Dogs, Yonkers; Teaberry Port, West Nyack; Public School 6,
Yonkers; Clovelea, Saugerties.
Valley Demolition Alert 2011
Brick Tavern, Claverack; Dutchess County Alms House, Poughkeepsie;
Rensselaer and Saratoga Railroad Shop, Green Island; Memorial Field, Mount
Vernon; Malloy's Pharmacy, Stony Point; Texaco Research Laboratory, Beacon;
Strang-Melbourne House, Yorktown; New York Central-Putnam Railroad Station,
Millwood; Meads Mountain House, Woodstock; Tioronda Hat Works, Beacon;
Demolition Alert 2010
Tuxedo Electric Light Co. Power Station, Tuxedo; 12-14 North Astor Street,
Irvington; Bannerman's Island Arsenal, Fishkill; Anaconda Wire and Cable
Company, Hasting-on-Hudson; Hudson River Knitting Mill, Hudson;
Hamlet of Newton Hook, Stuyvesant; Hudson River State Hospital, Pougheepsie;
Historic Village Hall, Tarrytown; Dutton Lumberyard, Poughkeepsie;
Malloy's Pharmacy, Stony Point; Halcyon Hall, Millbrook; Freeman House,
Port Ewen; John Green House, Nyack; Teaberry Port, West Nyack; St. Peter's
Elementary School, Kingston; Public Bath Number 4, Yonkers.
Demolition Alert 2009
Stauffer chemical factory, Dobbs Ferry; Memorial Field, Mount Vernon; Hotel
Wellington, Albany; Carvel Ice Cream Bakery, Hartsdale; James Thompson Mill,
Valley Falls; 284 Main Street, Poughkeepsie; Heritage Park Stadium, Colonie;
Proctor's Theater, Troy.
Demolition Alert 2008
Centennial Hose Company firehouse, Peekskill; Warburton Avenue Block,
Yonkers; Masonic Lodge, Yonkers; Fort Slocum/David's Island, New Rochelle;
Kedem Winery, Milton; The Lancaster, Hastings-on-Hudson; Storms Tavern,
Valley Cottage; Powell and Minnock Brickyard, Coeymans; Rensselaer Iron
Works, Troy; Vineyard Avenue Fire Station, Yonkers; Yonkers Health Center,
Yonkers; Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, Poughkeepsie; Carvel Ice Cream
Bakery, Hartsdale; Lovett Generating Station, Tomkins Cove.
Hudson Valley Demolition Alert 2007
Red Apple Rest, Tuxedo; Browning-Green Mansion, Tarrytown; Erie Railroad
Station, Harriman; Chester Hide and Skin, Chester; Woodlands Lake Restaurant,
Irvington; Lafayette Paper Company, New Windsor; Hudson River State Hospital,
Poughkeepsie; 67 North Broadway, Yonkers; Goodhue Memorial Hall (Hackley
School), Tarrytown; Carvel Ice Cream bakery, Hartsdale; Annie's Snack Shack,
Stony Point, Dennings Point Brick Works, Beacon; Terwilliger's Grist Mill,
Saugerties; Theall-McCollum (Croton Magnetic) Mine, Brewster; Putnam and
Mellor Engine and Hose Companies, Port Chester; Halcyon Hall update,
Hudson Valley Demolition Alert 2006
Stokes-Greene Mansion, Cortlandt; Habirshaw Wire Company, Yonkers; New
York Rubber factory, Beacon; County Asphalt plant, Tarrytown; Waterfront
industrial buildings, Ossining; Storms Tavern, Valley Cottage; Henry Gourdine's
fishing shed, Ossining; Grandview School, Catskill; first Carvel Ice Cream stand,
Hartsdale; Continental Army Encampment and Supply Depot, Fishkill; Tioronda
Bridge, Beacon; North Highlands Methodist Episcopal Church, Philisptown.
Demolition Alert 2005
Tioronda Bridge, Beacon; Vineyard Avenue Fire Station #2, Yonkers; Public
School 6, Yonkers; Sedgwick Machine, Poughkeepsie; Yonkers Power Station,
Yonkers; Rockland Drive-In Theatre, Monsey; Halcyon Hall, Millbrook;
Farmhouse, Tarrytown; Nelson House, Poughkeepsie.
Hudson Valley Demolition Alert July - December, 2004
Forst Meat Packing, Kingston; Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research,
Yonkers; Trolley Barn, Kingston; Kimlin Cider Mill, Poughkeepsie; Fort
Hudson Valley Demolition Alert February - June, 2004
Tappan Zee Playhouse, Nyack; Hutton Brickyard, Kingston; Smith-Robinson
House, Ossining; Anaconda Wire and Cable, Hastings-on-Hudson; Garner
Bleachery, Wappingers Falls; Elks Club (Carpenter Mansion), Ossining;
Campbell House, Mount Pleasant; Grandview School, Catskill.
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