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December 14, 2015

Nepera Chemical

Harriman, NY

~ Demolished

The Nepera Chemical plant, which operated in Harriman from 1942 to 2005, was demolished in 2015, with work substantially complete by the end of autumn. Nepera produced pyridine, used in agrochemicals and pharmaceuticals, as well as niacin, a food additive. Additionally, Nepera used more than two dozen hazardous and toxic chemicals in its manufacturing processes. In the 1980s the Superfund Amendment Reauthorization Act focused attention on the property and its off-site waste dumps in relation to environmental contamination. Included in the demolition of the chemical plant was this handsome stone building with arched windows, once part of the Harriman estate and pre-dating Nepera's 1942 acquisition of the site.

Source article:
"The Walls Came Tumbling Down." By Nathan Mayberg. The Photo News, September 28, 2015. 
"When a Chemical Company Is Forced to Tell All." By Elizabeth Grillo Olson. The New York Times, July 3, 1988.

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2015.html#nepera

Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Hospital,

Cold Spring, NY

~ Demolished
Autumn, 2015~

Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Hospital (1925, with additions 1941 and 1963) has been demolished. Demolition began in the summer and was largely completed by the end of autumn, 2015. The hospital closed in 1993 and in December 2012 the Cold Spring Historic District Review Board voted to allow demolition. The site will be redeveloped for "condominium homes for retiree-age residents; two retail-cum-office buildings, one with likely government-related tenancy (such as a senior citizens center) in part, and three single-family homes."

Source article:
"Demolition Work Gets Underway at Butterfield Hospital." Philipstown.info, June 26, 2015.
"Demolition of Butterfield Hospital Approved."Philipstown.info, December 20, 2012.

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2015.html#butterfield

July 25, 2015

Main Building, 
Middletown State 
Homeopathic Hospital,

Middletown, NY

~ Demolished
July 14, 2015~

The last remaining section of the main building at Middletown State Homeopathic Hospital burned on July 12, 2015. The structure was entirely demolished by the end of July 14. The hospital closed in 2006, and the main building was privately-owned when it burned.

Source article:
"Fire crews on the scene all day after 6-alarm blaze at former Middletown Psychiatric Center." By Gittel Evangelist Times Herald-Record, July 12, 2015.
"7-Alarm Fire Guts Abandoned Psych Hospital in Middletown, NY." 9-1-1.com Magazine.
"Day 2: Cleanup After Abandoned Psychiatric Building Fire." By Jessica Chen, Time Warner Cable News, July 13, 2015.  

More Middletown State Homeopathic Hospital:
Hudson Valley Ruins

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2015.html#middletown

Hudson River State Hospital,

Poughkeepsie, NY

EFG/DRA Heritage, owner of the Hudson River State Hospital property, recently announced their plan to redevelop the 156-acre site. Unfortunately, plans call for demolition of almost all of the nearly 60 existing buildings. Even the administration building, the central portion of the Kirkbride structure, is not guaranteed to be incorporated into the new site plan. This would truly be one of the great architectural losses to the Hudson Valley, especially as the administration building is in good condition, having been occupied until the hospital vacated this site in 2001. Stylistically, and in size, the administration building is comparable to Kingston City Hall, which was restored in 2000 following 28 years of abandonment and was in much worse condition. 

Source article:
"$200 million plan for old Psych Center site." By Craig Wolf, Poughkeepsie Journal, July 16, 2015.

More Hudson River State Hospital:
Hudson Valley Ruins

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2015.html#hrsh

April 4, 2015

Abram Lent House,

Orangeburg, NY

~ Demolished
April 4, 2015~

The c. 1752 Abram Lent House in Orangeburg (Rockland County) was demolished this morning. It is believed that the owner of the property plans to build a restaurant on the site of this stone house.

More Abram Lent House:
Save Lent House - Facebook page

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2015.html#lentotown

Orange County Government Center

Goshen, NY

~Substantially Demolished
Summer 2015~

The Orange County legislature recently decided that it would "take no action" to block the demolition and reconstruction of the Orange County Government Center, despite a new proposal that would preserve the building and save public funding to be used for the reconstruction project.

UPDATE: Substantial demolition occurred in the summer of 2015. Sections of the complex may remain standing, but significant alteration has taken place including interior demolition and removal of the exterior corrugated concrete facing.

More Orange County Government Center:
World Monuments Fund
New York Times - January 27, 2015

Source article:
"Orange County Government Center rebuild to move forward." Mid-Hudson News, March 6, 2015.

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2015.html#ocgc

January 27, 2015

The Croft,

Ossining, NY

Teatown Lake Reservation has announced a March 1 deadline for interested persons to acquire and "repurpose" (read; demolish and salvage) the Croft Mansion. Built c. 1914 by antiques dealer Arthur Vernay, the house includes architectural elements from historic English homes. It remained a private residence until 2008. Teatown acquired the Croft in 2008.

Source Article: "Teatown to tear down historic Tudor." By Bill Cary The Journal News. January 23, 2015.

More Croft mansion:

Link to this article: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2015.html#croft

January 2, 2015

Letchworth Village,

Thiells, NY

The Town of Haverstraw, which owns a portion of the former Letchworth Village residential treatment facility, announced plans to demolish Stewart Hall (pictured above) and the Reville (hospital) Building this spring, with the possibility of further demolition. Demolition plans date to a 2006 proposal for the property, but those plans are expected to commence soon due to a $500,000 New York State grant to the Town of Haverstraw.

Source Article: "Haverstraw to Demolish 2 Letchworth Buildings." By Akiko Matsuda, The Journal News. January 2, 2015.

More Letchworth Village:
Hudson Valley Ruins

Link to this article: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2015.html#letchworth

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