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.
Fishkill's Jackson House was demolished on
December 3, 2013, following an executive meeting of the Village Board of
Trustees the night before at which the Building Inspector and Mayor James
Miccio declared the house to be "unsafe." Village taxpayer funds
were used to demolish the house, which is privately owned by Jackson
Crossing, LLC. The Jackson House was thought to date to 1741, with later
additions. The house was
first listed on the Demolition Alert on February
An application was presented earlier this month
to demolish the c. 1871 New York Central "Hudson Upper" Station
of the Central's Albany and Boston line. Mountainview Construction presented
the application in conjunction with Van Kleeck Tires, the owner of the
building. Mountainview wants to salvage and sell the brick; Van Kleeck
wants more parking space. The City of Hudson Historic Preservation Commission deemed the
application to be incomplete.
This summer Curry Chevrolet remodeled its c. 1957
steel-and-glass showroom and car canopy on Central Park Avenue in
Scarsdale. Lost in the renovation project was a collection of neon signs
– SERVICE (yellow), CURRY (red), CHEVROLET (blue), and USED CARS (red)
– which were fabricated by the Albee Sign Company of Mount Vernon. It
was with great shock and seemingly unnecessary action that the signs were
lost, as they were icons of Central Avenue and of the dealership and not
known to be endangered.
Following the demolition of Paul Clark's House
and Tavern, a previously unknown feature was revealed during excavation of
the property. It may have been a cistern with a charcoal filter for
purifying water. If interested parties were allowed to examine the
building before demolition and the site during excavation, the history of
the property would be better understood. Thanks to John Wolcott for the
updates. More information about Paul Clark's House and Tavern may be read
at the Albany
Times-Union. Photograph by Roger Gray.
The abandoned Yonkers Teutonia and adjacent
structures are undergoing demolition. The annex to the north and the
automobile repair shop to the south have been demolished already. The Teutonia
should be demolished next week. The c. 1891-92 Queen-Anne style building
was home to a German literary and singing association. The Teutonia will
not be renovated, as the developer and news media have erroneously
reported. Instead it will be demolished and replaced with a 24-story,
360-unit residential tower. Photograph courtesy of Tim
From John Wolcott I received the news that the Tandoor Palace restaurant on Lark Street in Albany was demolished on Friday August 2, 2013. The restaurant was located within the first floor brick walls of the Paul Clark’s house and tavern, built ca. 1798. Doctor Yusef Dincer owns the site of the Paul Clark house and is responsible for its demolition. With architect Scott Townsend, Dincer plans a new building of three stories with apartments, offices and a restaurant on the site of the Paul Clark house and tavern.
Photograph courtesy of Andy Arthur.
St. Patrick's Church in Watervliet
has been largely demolished. As of May 10, only it's bell tower remained
as it physically withstood several efforts to be pulled down.
A January 2013 fire believed to be
of accidental original seriously damaged the Second Reformed Church in
Philmont (Columbia County). The church, built in 1838 and later enlarged,
was subsequently demolished.
Central Hudson Gas and Electric demolished their iconic Horton Sphere on the Poughkeepsie waterfront. The large globe held gas for home heating. It was located almost beneath the Poughkeepsie Railroad bridge (Walkway Over the Hudson), visible in Tom Rinaldi's photograph shown above.
to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2013.html#horton
The Jackson House at 64 Jackson
Street (bing aerial),
Fishkill, NY is threatened with demolition for a multiple-unit mixed-use
complex. The oldest part of the house, which has been expanded many times,
is thought to date to ca. 1741 when the property belonged to Johannes
Swart. Judge Joseph Jackson purchased the house in 1808. Jackson, the
first lawyer in Fishkill Village, was a Dutchess County legislator
1821-1822, and county judge 1840-1856. Jackson died in 1863, and by 1867
the house was enlarged. Mid-nineteenth century photos show that the house
was altered in Picturesque Gothic and Italianate styles with tall dormers
and a tower. The building was also the Colonial Inn for a time. It was
most recently occupied by offices of the Mid-Hudson Medical Group. The
house is a contributing element to the Fishkill Village National Register
Historic District. Local preservationists are concerned over recent
erosion of the integrity of the Historic District by demolition and
commercial development. The developer, Jackson Crossing LLC, is in the
process of filing a request with the Village of Fishkill for a demolition
Three historic neon signs were removed
from the c. 1954 Bridge Plaza shopping center in Tarrytown during a winter
renovation of the storefronts. In late 2012 a CVS opened in the former
First National/Stop and Shop store, Subsequently the entire frieze and
cornice of the plaza was renovated to be consistent with the design of the
CVS store. During this time the signs for the liquor store, Three-hour
cleaners, and the Tarrytown Delicatessen were removed. The neon sign for
the Tappan Zee Stationery store was reinstalled.
The Starlite Theater, a
theater-in-the-round, was demolished in December 2012. Located outside of
Albany, NY, the Starlite operated under various names from 1957 to 1997 and
hosted many top musical and entertainment performers. According to the
Business Review, the 58-acre site will be redeveloped into residential, commercial
and office space by the Galesi Group.
The Catholic Diocese sold this ca.
1891 brick Gothic revival church to a development company that plans to
build a Price Chopper on the site. The highly-contested sale was formally
approved by a court judge in December 2012. Neighbors who wish that the
church be preserved have filed a lawsuit against the Watervliet City
Council on the charge that city and state laws were violated during the
rezoning process. During this planning period the church building has been stripped
of various architectural details and finishes. Also to be demolished are
an adjacent rectory, school, and several rowhouses.
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,
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, Millbrook.
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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