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October 15, 2014

Yonkers Teutonia,

Yonkers, NY

~ Demolished Summer 2014~

The abandoned Yonkers Teutonia and adjacent structures were demolished by early September 2014. The c. 1891-92 Queen-Anne style building was home to a German literary and singing association. The Teutonia was not renovated, as the developer and news media have erroneously reported would occur. Instead it was demolished and will replaced with a 24-story, 360-unit residential tower. 

More Yonkers Teutonia:
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Link to this article: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2014.html#teutonia

June 28, 2014

St. James Chapel,

Garrison, NY

~Demolished July 2014~

The small red building that served as St. James Chapel beginning in 1864 has been demolished/dismantled. Whether the building material is being preserved with the intention of reconstruction is not yet known to us. News that the owner wished to "give away" the building was reported in May 2014 by the Putnam County News and Recorder. According to the website for St. Philip's Church in the Highlands, the present-day St. Philip's Church was built on the site of an earlier church building. "Itís thought that the pews and other material from the church were moved" to the new building south of "downtown" Garrison (Putnam County).

Thanks to Matt Ziehnert for informing us.

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2014.html#stjames

June 28, 2014

Fort Orange Paper Company,

Castleton-on-Hudson, NY

It was announced recently that Castleton Paperboard will purchase the Fort Orange Paper Company mill. Castleton Paperboard will demolish the Fort Orange mill and in its place construct a recycling facility. Fort Orange Paper operated here from about 1856 until 2002. In 2010-11, the mill's former owner, Jan Exeman/Vanderhorst Properties, demolished a portion of the factory, including the stone building shown here, for scrap value.

Source article: "Castleton Paperboard to Purchase Former Fort Orange Paper Co.." By Krystle S. Morey, the Albany Business Review, March 24, 2014.

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2014.html#fopco

May 16, 2014

Halcyon Hall,

Millbrook, NY

The Millbrook Tribute Garden Foundation and Thorndale Farm LLC, recently purchased from Bennett Acquisitions LLC property of the former Bennett School For Girls. Announced with news of the sale of the property was that Halcyon Hall, built in 1893 as a hotel, will be demolished.

Source article: "Dilapidated hall in Millbrook to make way for park and more." By Craig Wolf, The Poughkeepsie Journal, May 13, 2014.

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2014.html#halcyon


Garrison, NY

Significantly altered Summer, 2013~

New owners of an historic mansion in Garrison have, through renovations, essentially destroyed the c. 1864 Italianate home built for Samuel Sloan, President of the Hudson River Rail Road. Historic details such as the entire paneled oak library, mantelpieces, bathroom fixtures, doors, windows, and shutters, and by appearances, most all other interior finishes, have been removed from the house. Its west-facing tower also appears to have been removed or significantly altered. The estate more recently went by the name Lisburne Grange. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 as a component of the Hudson Highlands Multiple Resource Area.

Thanks to Matt Ziehnert for the information and the great photograph. 

Source articles: "Paneled Oak Library from the Lisburne Grange Estate $45000." Built it Green! NYC.
                        "Salvaging Samuel Sloan's House." Built It Green! NYC facebook page.

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2014.html#oulagisket

May 2, 2014

Blue Store,

Livingston, NY

The historic "Blue Store" in Livingston (Columbia County) burned on March 15, 2014. I held off posting this initially to determine the extant of the fire damage. Contrary to many misleading newspaper articles, much of the building remained standing, and was still standing as of mid-April. It then remains to be seen if the Blue Store will be demolished or rebuilt.

Source article: "Fire destroys historic Blue Store restaurant." By Arthur Cusano and Mary Dempsey, the Register Star, March 16, 2014.

In other news: 
-Demolition planned for Dutchess County infirmary. Bing.com aerial view.

-The Rexmere Hotel, one of the last grand resort structures in or near the Hudson Valley, completely burned to the ground on March 25, 2014. It was located in Stamford, NY (Delaware County) Bing.com aerial view.

-One of the three original gatehouses to the Oliver Bronson estate in Hudson was demolished in early April. The Bronson House, now undergoing restoration, is one of the ruins featured in "Hudson Valley Ruins: Forgotten Landmarks of an American Landscape."

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2014.html#bluestore

March 11, 2014

Abram Lent House,

Orangetown, NY

~ Demolished April 4, 2015~

A demolition permit has been filed for the c. 1752 Abram Lent House in Orangetown. Two years ago recommendations were made to the builder of a Stop & Shop to minimize adverse effects of its proposed location near the Lent House. It will be unfortunate if demolition, the most adverse effect possible to a house, is actually approved. The sandstone construction is typical of colonial house in Rockland County; its broad gables and extended eave are somewhat unusual. The house appears on Plate 53 in Rosalie Fellows Bailey's book Pre-Revolutionary Dutch Houses and Families in Northern New Jersey and Southern New York. Thank you to Mary Cardenas of the Orangetown Historical Society for the photograph.

Also, in early 2014, the ruin of another colonial-era house was demolished. Griffen's Tavern in East Fishkill burned in 1995 yet its stone walls remained standing. More information can be found on the DAR-Melzingah Chapter website and the Hudson Valley Views facebook page.

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2014.html#lentotown

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