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2008

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November 25, 2008

Lovett Generating Station,


Tomkins Cove, NY

The demolition of the Lovett Generating Station in Tomkins Cove (Rockland County) has been on-going since April 2008. on Tuesday November November 25 at 10:00am,  the 475-foot tall smokestack is set to come tumbling down.

Source Article:
"Neighbors nervous about demolition. " By Akiko Matsuda, The Journal News. November 23, 2008.
Photograph from Microsoft Virtual Earth / Live Search Maps.

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2008.html#lovett


November 17, 2008

Carvel Ice Cream Bakery,


Hartsdale, NY

America's first Carvel ice cream stand closed its doors for good at the end of the business day Sunday October 5, 2008. The building still stands, but will soon be demolished. The ice cream "bakery" consists of two structures. As seen in the photograph above, the left-half of the building may contain all or part of  the original Carvel stand, which opened in 1934. The steel and glass storefront at right was built in the 1950s.

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2008.html#Carvel2008

November 17, 2008

 

Trinity Methodist
Episcopal Church,

Poughkeepsie, NY

Destroyed
~OCTOBER 30, 2008~


Poughkeepsie's Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church and Rectory (1891) burned on Thursday October 30, 2008,  leaving behind ruined walls and rubble. The church was listed on the National Register of Historic places in 1982. It was most recently owned by the River Church congregation. Photograph from Microsoft Virtual Earth / Live Search Maps.

Link to this entry:
http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2008.html#RiverChurch

October 27, 2008

Yonkers Health Center,


Yonkers, NY

A 1930 art-deco civic building faces demolition under a massive redevelopment of downtown Yonkers. Built in 1930 as the Yonkers Health Center and designed by Yonkers native William P. Katz, this building at 87 Nepperhan Avenue (adjacent to City Hall) currently houses city government offices. An application for city landmark status is pending, but both the developer, Struever Fidelco Cappelli, and Yonkers Mayor Philip Amicone have spoken against landmark status. The Yonkers Health Center is slated to be replaced by a garage, echoing the now-largely dismissed schemes of 1970s Urban Renewal. According to a recent article in the Journal News, Mayor Amicone stated that the Health Center site must be used for a garage, implying that the entire redevelopment scheme hinges on this one parcel.

UPDATE, NOVEMBER 17: In early November, the Yonkers City Council voted against local landmark designation for the Yonkers Health Center. The building will be demolished.

Source Article:
"Yonkers mayor and developer fighting building preservation effort. " By Len Maniace, The Journal News. October 20, 2008.

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2008.html#health


September 12, 2008

Fort Slocum,

Davids Island,
New Rochelle, NY

DEMOLISHED
~2008~

On September 9, 2008, the last standing structure on David's Island, a water tower that served Fort Slocum, was pulled down by the United States Army Corps of Engineers which carried out the complete demolition of  approximately ninety structures on the island. About 25 structures were standing as of late 2007, when the New Rochelle City Council voted to demolish all remaining structures, despite interest from members of the community who wished that some buildings would be preserved.

Source Article:
"Last silhouette falls on Davids Island" By Theresa Juva, The Journal News. September 10, 2008.

More Fort Slocum, Davids Island:
Hudson Valley Ruins - Rob Yasinsac


Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2008.html#davids2


August 21, 2008

Centennial Hose Company No.4 Firehouse,

Peekskill, NY


Destroyed
~august 21, 2008~

The Centennial Hose Company Firehouse in Peekskill collapsed today during an effort to move the brick building across Water Street. About five feet of the lower portion of the entire building was shorn off and the building was set on jacks. After being moved out a few feet from its original foundation, the building sat on the jacks for about a week before the attempt to move the structure was made. 

Photograph courtesy of Rob Casasanta, who took the photo on Friday August 15, when the firehouse was jacked up.

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2008.html#centennial2


July 19, 2008

Vineyard Avenue 
Fire Station #2,
Yonkers, NY


DEMOLISHED
~JUNE 2008~

The Vineyard Avenue Fire Station near Ashburton Avenue in Yonkers was demolished in late June. 

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2008.html#vineyard

May 30, 2008

Rensselaer Iron Works,
Troy, NY

DEstroyed
~may 26-28, 2008~

The Rensselaer Iron Works, dating to 1846, on Madison Street in Troy was demolished Monday after a fire broke out in the building on Sunday May 26. The property was most recently used as a scrap metal recycling facility. One of the Rensselaer Iron Works' claims to fame is that it manufactured rivets and iron bar for the USS Monitor in the Civil War.

Source Article:
"Demolition begins at ironworks." By Cathleen Crowley, The Albany Times Union. May 27, 2008.
Photograph from Microsoft Virtual Earth/Live Search Maps. Thanks to Ken Greene for the information.

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2008.html#troy

May 27, 2008

Powell and Minnock
Brick Company,
Coeymans, NY

DEMOLISHED
~WINTER 2007-2008~

The six steel kiln sheds and the gantry crane shown in this image, once ubiquitous and iconic features of the Hudson River shoreline, were demolished over the winter of 2007-2008, we have just learned. The Powell and Minnock Brick Company was the last brick manufacturer operating on the Hudson River when it closed for good in late 2001; the Albany County site was one of the last two remaining intact brick works on the river. The sheds, which housed scove kilns, were built by the firm of Sutton and Sudderly. Powell and Minnock moved a mile or so south from its original yard, also in Coeymans, and took over the Sutton and Sudderly plant in 1963. Two tunnel kiln sheds at the site, built by Powell and Minnock, survive as does a brick barn that was likely built as a coal storage shed. P & M Brick Marine Terminal, which demolished the steel kiln sheds, operates out of the brickyard now. The destruction of the Powell and Minnock site leaves the abandoned Hutton Company Brick Works in Kingston as the sole surviving example of a nearly intact brick yard on the Hudson River.
Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2008.html#pmbrick

More Powell & Minnock Brick:
BrickCollecting.com - Don Bayley's site
Hudson Valley Ruins: Forgotten Landmarks of an American Landscape


May 3, 2008

Storms Tavern,
Valley Cottage, NY

UPDATE: The rock quarry company Tilcon has been renovating an 18th-century home uphill from its operations in central Rockland County. In 2006, a company spokesperson stated that the house was "uninhabitable" and "infeasible to refurbish," leading to concern that the house would be demolished.  Due to community opposition to demolition, Tilcon decided to keep and renovate the building and the company will rent it out to employees for housing. Storms Tavern is believed to have been built in 1765. (Thanks to Eric in Rockland for the update.)

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2008.html#storms
Original Entry: March 4, 2006


April 24, 2008

The Lancaster,

Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

The village of Hastings-on-Hudson recently partly destroyed and partly buried buried the remains of the steamboat Lancaster during the creation of  a new riverfront park. A small remnant of the boat is still visible at low tide. Built in 1892, the Lancaster was brought to New York in 1924 and abandoned about 1928. It later became a shad fishing camp known as "Capt. Popp's fish house," which ceased operation in the 1960s.Although celebrated on the village's "Museum in the Streets" signs, the actual boat was apparently forgotten about, or simply deemed not worthy of inclusion in the new park.

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2008.html#lancaster

More Lancaster:
Hudson Valley Ruins - Rob Yasinsac

WARBURTON AVENUE BLOCK UPDATE:
At its April  22 meeting, the Yonkers City Council voted in favor of designating the Manor House Square a historic landmark district. The Greyston Foundation will work to preserve the previously-threatened Warburton Avenue block into its plans for the site.
Original Entry: February 1, 2008


April 17, 2008

Kedem Winery,

Milton, NY


DEMOLISHED
~SUMMER 2008~

Next week, the Town of Marlborough will begin demolition of the Kedem Winery storage building in Milton, on the Hudson River in Ulster County. The Town acquired the property as a donation in 1999; Marlborough will use funds from a New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation grant to pay for demolition of the winery building and redevelopment of the land as a public park. Demolition should be completed in June.

UPDATE: Demolition was in-progress as of early July, 2008.

Source Article:
"Building to make way for park." By Greg Marano, The Poughkeepsie Journal. April 17, 2008.
Link to this entry:
http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2008.html#kedem


February 2, 2008

Fort Slocum,

Davids Island,
New Rochelle, NY

DEMOLISHED
~2008~

The New Rochelle City Council voted unanimously on December 4, 2007, in favor of demolishing all remaining structures on David's Island. The 78-acre island one-half mile off the shore of mainland New Rochelle was developed as a Civil War hospital and became known as Fort Slocum in the 1870s, serving eventually as a recruitment center, training school, Air Force Base and a Nike Missile Control Base. Fort Slocum closed in 1965. Since then, redevelopment plans including housing and a nuclear power plant, have all come and gone. The United States Army Corps of Engineers has demolished many buildings in the past few years, and it seemed as if a small number of structures were going to be preserved. The recent City Council vote came as the city did not want to bear any responsibility for preservation and maintenance of the structures.

UPDATE: About 5-7 structures remained as of late June, 2008. Demolition is still underway and is expected to be completed by this fall.

UPDATE 2: All buildings at David's Island / Fort Slocum have been demolished as of September 9, 2008.

Source Article:
"All buildings on Davids Island to go." By Ken Valenti, The Journal News. February 2, 2008
Link to this entry:
http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2008.html#davids


February 1, 2008

Masonic Lodge
Yonkers, NY


St. Joseph's Medical Center plans to raze the Masonic Temple at 130 South Broadway for an expansion. The Temple sits across the street from the main hospital building. Architects Carl Vollmer and Charles Beersman designed the building, which was constructed by the Rising Star Lodge in 1917. One of Beersman's best known works is the Wrigley Building in Chicago, IL.

Source Article:
"Salvage sale at Yonkers Masonic temple offers architectural treasures." By Ernie Garcia, The Journal News. January 25, 2008

Link to this entry:
http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2008.html#masonic


February 1, 2008

Warburton Avenue Block,

Yonkers, NY

An intact block of 19th-century buildings in Yonkers is threatened by a proposal for a high-rise apartment building. The buildings are lcoated directly across from Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, and the Greyston Foundation wants to raze the north half of the block to build a 16-story, 108-unit condominium tower. Ironically, Greyston has preserved two other buildings in downtown Yonkers but does not want to take that approach for this block. 

Source Article:
"Yonkers historic district may derail Greyston's condo high-rise." By Ernie Garica, The Journal News. December 17, 2007.
Link to this entry:
http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2008.html#warblock

UPDATE: At its April  22 meeting, the Yonkers City Council voted in favor of designating the Manor House Square a historic landmark district. The Greyston Foundation will work to preserve the previously-threatened Warburton Avenue block into its plans for the site.


January 25, 2008

Centennial Hose Company No.4 Firehouse,

Peekskill, NY

DEstroyed
~august 21, 2008~

The New York State Department of Transportation plans to demolish the Centennial Hose firehouse at the corner of Central Avenue and Water Street by June 1. The DOT owns the building and wants the building demolished in order to plant pylons for a new Route 9 bridge, to replace the overpass seen in the photograph here. The City of Peekskill has earmarked one million dollars for the preservation of the firehouse, and a group of preservationists would like to move the building across the street, adjacent to the restored New York Central Railroad freight station, popularly known as the "Lincoln Depot" (Abraham Lincoln gave a speech in front of an earlier station on that spot). The Centennial Hose firehouse was built in 1890 (the fire company was formed in 1876) and abandoned in 1977. 

Source Article:
"Time running out for historic Peekskill firehouse." The Journal News, January 16, 2007, by Robert Marchant.
Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2008.html#centennial

UPDATE: The firehouse collapsed August 21 during an effort to move the building.


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