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December 20, 2012


Saugerties, NY

Chow Wu, the owner of Clovelea, the Wiliam R. Sheffield House, has applied to the Village of Saugerties Historical Review Board for an application to demolish the mansion. At a meeting on Wednesday December 19, the board deemed the application to be incomplete and it must be re-submitted. Alfred H. Thorpe, co-architect of Mark Twain's Hartford, CT, mansion, designed Clovelea for William R. Sheffield, a member of the Sheffield family, owners of a paper-mill and other manufacturing businesses in Saugerties. Clovelea was constructed in 1882 and was occupied as a house until the 1950s when it was converted to a hotel. It became a restaurant in the 1960s and is currently abandoned. The carriage house formerly associated with Clovelea has been restored as a private residence.

Thanks to reader Scott Harrison for the information.

More Clovelea:
Hudson Valley Ruins
Saugerties-on-Hudson Blog
Save the Sheffield Estate "Clovelea" - Photographs by Scott Harrison

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2012.html#clovelea

Public School 6,

Yonkers, NY

Demolition began December 11, 2012 at Public School 6 in Yonkers. The handsome brick structure, built in the 1890s, with a large stone arched entry was abandoned by the City of Yonkers in the mid-late 1980s amid a court-ordered effort to desegregate the public school system. C. C. Chipman, architect of several schools in Yonkers, designed Public School 6.

Source Article: ""Demolition of Long-Vacant School 6 Begins." By Matt Bultman, the Yonkers Daily Voice, December 11, 2012.

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2012.html#school6

November 25, 2012

Teaberry Port,

West Nyack, NY

~NOVEMBER, 2012~

Demolition began Friday November 23, 2012 at Teaberry Port, a 1770s stone house in West Nyack (Rockland County), NY. In the 1940s and 1950s, the Ming Tea Company occupied the house as an office. The United Water Company later acquired the house along with the adjacent Spring Valley Water Works. The Town of Clarkstown leased the house from United Water, and in turn rented out the house as a single family home. Teaberry Port has been vacant since about 2005.

Source Article: "Clarkstown neighbors dismayed by start of Teaberry Port demolition." By Akiko Matsuda, the Journal News, November 23, 2012.

More Teaberry Port:
Hudson Valley Ruins

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2012.html#teaberry

November 18, 2012

Nathan's Hot Dogs,

Yonkers, NY

~DECEMBER, 2012~

The Nathan's Famous Hot Dog restaurant on Central Avenue in Yonkers, NY, the company's third location, will close on November 25, 2012. The building will be demolished and Nathan's will erect a smaller restaurant at the same location. The reports don't specify the fate of the large neon signs but given industry trends it is likely they will be destroyed as well.

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2012.html#nathans

Source articles: "Yonkers Nathan's Will Downsize, Close For A Year." By Matt Bultman, the Yonkers Daily Voice, November 15, 2012.
"Yonkers Nathan's to be demolished; new location to open in late 2013." By Colin Gustafson, the Journal News, November 16, 2012.

The Journal News also recently reported that the village of Elmsford is putting to vote a plan that will close the c. 1894 Carl L.  Dixson Elementary School. A new addition would be constructed at Alice E. Grady Elementary School to house the relocated students. The Dixson School will be demolished and a new village hall will be constructed at the site.
"Source article: "Elmsford residents vote Dec. 12 on scrapping Dixson school, district upgrades; village wants building." By Greg Shillinglaw, the Journal News, November 15, 2012.

Also in Elmsford, the catering hall Antun's, formerly Rieber's, was demolished in October.

November 13, 2012

Knapp House,

Yorktown, NY

Another historic home in Yorktown will be demolished. One year after the Strang-Melbourne House (c. 1812) was razed, the Knapp House on Old Crompond Road is going to be leveled by the developers of a commercial-residential house project known as Crompond Crossing. The Knapp family acquired the site in 1762. The exact date of construction of the house has not been ascertained but the Knapp House is believed to be an 18th-century structure, according to Jean-Francois de Laperouse. Demolition is expected to occur this week and may already have begun.

UPDATE: Demolition began December 20, 2012 and will continue into the weekend.

More Knapp House:
Yorktown Patch
Youtube - Jean-Francois de Laperouse

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2012.html#knapp

October 10, 2012

Fresh Air Home, St. John the Divine,

Tomkins Cove, NY


Following a substantial collapse over the winter of 2011/2012, this Shingle-style building was demolished this year. It served as a retreat of the Fresh Air Association of St. John, Inc. The Fresh Air Home provided summer vacation periods for children and for  mothers with infants, primarily from New York City.

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2012.html#tomkins

September 29, 2012

Nelson House Hotel,

Poughkeepsie, NY

~DECEMBER, 2012~

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro recently signed an order that condemned the historic Nelson House hotel in downtown Poughkeepsie (at center in aerial view here). Last used as county offices, the county will now spend 1.75 million dollars to demolish the building. The Nelson House opened in 1876 and is the third hotel to operate on the site since the Revolutionary War. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's White House staffers set up their headquarters in the Nelson House when FDR visited his home in neighboring Hyde Park (approximately 200 times during the course of his presidency). The hotel closed in 1969. Dutchess County used the building for offices until about 1996, after which it emptied the building and left it abandoned. The oldest part of the hotel was demolished in the 1960s to make way for the neighboring county office building, but the neo-Classical style, six-story expansion dating from 1925 and part of the nineteenth century hotel have survived.

Source Article: "County condemns Nelson House Annex in Poughkeepsie; building to be demolished." By Nina Schutzman, The Poughkeepsie Journal, September 25, 2012.

UPDATE: On Wednesday October 10 the Dutchess County Legislature voted to demolish the historic Nelson House hotel. The Legislature also voted to spend 1.77 million dollars for the demolition.

UPDATE: The Nelson House was demolished by December 12, 2012.

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2012.html#nelson

September 23, 2012

Matteawan Manufacturing Company

Beacon, NY

The owner of what is believed to be Beacon's oldest surviving mill building has applied for a demolition permit as part of the 1 East Main Street redevelopment project. In 1811 John Jacob Astor, Peter A. Schenck, and Philip A. Hone formed a cotton mill concern which operated out of the front portion of the building shown above, which bears a cornerstone dated 1814. Various textiles, hats, and other manufactured products were made here through the 1960s. The Three Star Anodizing company operated here through the 1970s at least. A train derailment in 1976 destroyed the mill's stair tower. The mill is currently among a number of properties owned and disused for years by William Ehrlich. This year, a mill formerly held by Ehrlich was redeveloped by Robert McAlpine as a hotel and restaurant known as the Roundhouse at Beacon Falls
More Beacon mills:
Hudson Valley Ruins

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2012.html#matteawanmill

September 12, 2012

Kospa Farmhouse

East Greenbush, NY

~AUGUST 29 , 2012~

A little-known house that likely dated to the early 1700s burned down on August 29, 2012. The fire was set by four teenage boys, all of whom have been charged with arson and are scheduled to appear in family court or town court. The house was last occupied by the Kospa family about 2006.

Source Article: "'Prank' burns centuries-old farmhouse." By Bryan Fitzgerald, The Albany Times-Union. September 7, 2012.
Aerial photograph from bing.com.

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2012.html#kospa

July 16, 2012

Rock Hill Lodge /
Holland Sporting Club

Mohegan Lake, NY

~JULY, 2012~

Demolition of the Rock Hill Lodge buildings, later known as the Holland Sporting Club, began on or about July 9, 2012. The Town of Yorktown carried out the demolition work. 

Source Article: "Holland Sporting Club meets the backhoe." By Robert Marchant, The Journal News, July 9, 2012.

More Rock Hill Lodge / Holland Sporting Club:
Hudson Valley Ruins

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2012.html#holland

The City of Hudson recently ordered the eviction of the Furgary Boat Club from once-contested property now declared to be city-owned land. At 3:00am on the morning of July 16, a SWAT team with guns drawn entered the property to remove three remaining residents. Once city ownership of the land was confirmed, the city of Hudson Common Council denied a request from members of the Furgary Boat Club to lease the site, and the city ordered the residents' cottages to be demolished.

Furgary Boat Club Links:
Gossips of Rivertown Blog
News 10 - Police Raid Centuries-old Shanty Town at Hudson Boat Club
Register Star - No Lease For Furgary
Flickr - Tim Heffernan

June 4, 2012

New York Central - Putnam Division Railroad Station

Millwood, NY

~MAY 9, 2012~

Following a request to remove or repair the abandoned Millwood station of the New York Central - Putnam Divison, the owner demolished the building on May 9, 2012.

Source Article: "Old Millwood Train Station has Been Demolished.." By Tom Auchterlonie, Chappaqua-Mount Kisco Patch. May 9, 2012.

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2012.html#millwood

Middle Hope Drive In Theater, 

Middle Hope, NY


The Middle Hope Drive In Theater, located just north of Newburgh, NY, was demolished to make way for a gas station. Scroll over the image of the theater for a photograph of the site in May 2012. The land cleared for the enormous station takes up much of the parking site of the drive in theater. The screen location has not been redeveloped. A clever reuse of the site would have repaired the screen and reused it is a billboard, be it painted or projected.

Source Article: "Quick Chek Has Eyes on 9W Expansion." By the Rockland County Times, January 30, 2012.

More Middle Hope Drive-In Theater:
Hudson Valley Ruins

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2012.html#middlehope

Mid-19th Century Brick Mansion

Verplanck, NY


Recently we learned that this mid-19th century house at Verplanck's Point in Westchester County has been demolished. The house was abandoned when photographed by Tom Rinaldi about 2004 or 2005. By 2009, it was boarded up and its roof covered in tarp. Today the site is an empty lot. When another nearby house of similar vintage was razed in 2001, the story made the New York Times.

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2012.html#verplanck

April 14, 2012

19 Livingston Avenue, 

Dobbs Ferry, NY

~April, 2012~

This c. 1850 mansion overlooking the Hudson River in Dobbs Ferry was demolished in early April, 2012. In recent years it housed the restaurant Rudy's Beau Rivage. Rudy's closed in 2009 and house was sold in 2011. It was gutted and additions were torn down, and a new restaurant called Windows on the Hudson was to open in the historic mansion. Work ceased shortly after pre-renovation demolition work occurred, caused by financial shortcomings on the part of the new owner, and the building was abandoned. Thanks to Jeff Alterman for the tip..

Source Article: "An 1850 Dobbs Ferry Landmark Disappears Forever." By Scott Rosasco, Rivertowns Real Estate News, April 10, 2012.

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2012.html#dobbs

February 26, 2012

Lebanon Springs Union Free School, 

New Lebanon, NY


The New Lebanon School district is proceeding with demolition of the vacant Lebanon Springs Union Free School in northeastern Columbia County. The school was built in 1913 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Thanks to reader Chris Bishop for the tip.

UPDATE: The school was demolished in late February 2012. (Article link.)

Source Article: "New Lebanon School District is tearing down historic school building." By WNYT, MSNBC, February 15, 2012.

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2012.html#lebanon

The Rye Neck School Board announced on February 16 that they will demolish the Gedney farmhouse 734 E. Boston Post Road in Mamaroneck. Thanks to reader Jeff Alterman for the tip.

UPDATE: The Gedney farmhouse was demolished in early March, 2012. (Article link.)

Source Article: "After Two Centuries, a Mamaroneck Farmhouse Will Be Torn Down." By Stefani Kim, February 17, 2012, the Patch.

Mayor John Tkazyik and County Executive Marc Molinaro have both made public statements in 2012 regarding their desires to demolish the surviving wing of the Nelson House hotel in Poughkeepsie, first reported on the Demolition Alert in 2005. Thanks to Holly Wahlberg for the tip.

Reader John Wolcott informed us that the remains of the Paul Clark house in Albany will be demolished. Located at the intersection of Lark and Madison streets in Albany, NY, the one-story brick exterior is part of a building constructed between 1795 and 1799 for Paul Clark. A storm in 1950 damaged the building and much of it was removed at that time. Recently it housed the Palace of Tandoor restaurant. 

New (and former) Mayor Ernie Davis has halted demolition of the historic brick grandstand of Memorial Field. The building may instead be renovated  as part of the overall renovations to the athletic facility.

Source Article: "Mount Vernon mayor halts demolition of Memorial stadium." By Colin Gustafson, the Journal News,  January 31, 2012.

February 15, 2012

Brandreth Pill Factory, 

Ossining, NY

Plateau Associates of Pleasantville, NY, has presented a plan to the Village of Ossining for a seven-story residential building on the site of the 1872 French Second Empire style building of the Brandreth Pill Factory. Constructed for the production of Allcock's Porous Plasters, the building had recently been considered for reuse by the same developer. The current plan calls for its outright demolition. The 1872 building is listed, along with other nearby factory structures, on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the larger Brandreth Pill factory site.

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2012.html#brandreth

Bella Vista / Elks Club, 

Ossining, NY

Also in Ossining, the Elks Club, the former Bella Vista mansion, is planned for demolition and replacement with a 25-unit apartment building.

Source Article: "Senior Housing Project on Elks Site Progressing." By Rick Pezzullo, The Daily Ossining, January 27, 2012.

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2012.html#elks


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