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.
February 19, 2018
Demolition is underway on more than 30 buildings
at the Rockland State Hospital (Rockland Psychiatric Center) property in
Orangeburg. In 2017 the Town of Orangetown sold 61 acres to JP Morgan
Chase which will construct a 150,000 square-foot data center on the site.
The 60 acres are a portion of the 348 acres acquired by the Town of
Orangetown from New York State in 2002, out of the total 550 acres that
comprised the extent of the hospital grounds. Construction of the hospital
buildings began c. 1927 and continued through the 1930s. Rockland
Psychiatric Center continues to operate inpatient and outpatient services
in more-modern facilities the state-owned portion of the property.
The Church of St. John the Evangelist in Stockport is being dismantled. The church building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is thought to be the oldest Episcopal Church building in Columbia County. The wooden church was built c. 1846, according to its National Register form, and closed in 2014. The Episcopal Church sold the church building - but not the land it stands on - to a "private company" in 2017. It is reported that the church will be rebuilt elsewhere but a newspaper article does not identify the new owner nor specific plans for the rebuilding of the church. On December 21, 2017, the Town of Stockport posted a stop-work order on the church, stating that no demolition permits were pulled for this project.
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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