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January 26, 2017

Brandreth Pill Factory, 

Ossining, NY

~ Demolished
March 2016~

Following partial, illegal, demolition in early 2015, the 1872 building of the Brandreth Pill factory was demolished in March of 2016. Several other Brandreth buildings remain standing, but the neglect and subsequent demolition of the main factory building is a particularly egregious example of the disregard for historic architecture of the Hudson Valley. The Brandreth site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an early example of significant industrial architecture in Westchester County. The Brandreth factory, last occupied in the 1990s by a maker of camping equipment, was a especially pleasant sight for passengers on Metro-North Hudson Line trains, which passed in front of the building.

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2016.html#brandreth

January 24, 2017

Matteawan Company Mill,

Beacon, NY

~ Demolished
April 2016~

Belated entry for the Matteawan Company Mill, what had been Beacon's oldest surviving mill building. The three-story stone structure, at right, was built ca. 1811 by the Matteawan Company for the manufacture of cotton textiles. 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 brick structure at left was built in the early 20th century and is undergoing renovations to luxury loft apartments. About the time of construction of the Matteawan mill, similar stone mill buildings were also built in Pleasant Valley and nearby at Glenham (Fishkill); all have been demolished.

Source article:
"Requiem For a Beacon Mill." Wigam, a Home Economy Journal. April 18, 2016. 

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2016.html#beacon

July 16 2016

Hudson River State Hospital

Poughkeepsie, NY

The Poughkeepsie Journal reported this week that the first phase of demolition, for five structures, has begun at the Hudson River State Hospital property. The first building to come down was Building #61 (pictured, a staff house), that was damaged by fire in 2010. The site is very active now with demolition work and remediation work, and construction of commercial buildings and residential units will occur in phases over the next 8-10 years. Buildings that are being preserved for reuse are the administration building (main/central portion of the Kirkbride building), Director's house, library, amusement hall/theater, and chapel.

Source article:
"Hudson Heritage project begins with a moment of destruction." By John Ferro, The Poughkeepsie Journal. July 13, 2016. 

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2016.html#hrsh

Grandview's 102-year old Village Hall was demolished in early July. According to the Journal News, the building sustained unspecified damage in Hurricane Sandy.
Source Article: "Watch: Grand View Village Hall demolition." By Peter D. Kramer, The Journal News, July 7, 2016.

February 15, 2016

Nathaniel Booth House,

Kingston, NY

Kingston Mayor Steve Noble has placed a temporary hold on the planned demolition of the 19th-century Nathaniel Booth House, located in the Rondout section of Kingston.The house, built of bluestone from local stone yards, was targeted by the city’s Unsafe Building Demolition program, which has demolished a number of older, vacant, homes over the past year or two. Kingston Alderman Brad Will suggested to Noble that the house be stabilized until a future owner could disassemble the house and rebuild it elsewhere.

Source article:
"Kingston mayor stalls demolition of 19th century Nathaniel Booth House." By Paul Kirby, The Daily Freeman. February 15, 2016. 

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2016.html#booth

January 12, 2016

Harmon Railroad Shop,

Croton-on-Hudson, NY

The New York Central and Hudson River Railroad Maintenance Shop at Harmon (Croton-on-Hudson) is undergoing substantial demolition and reconstruction. The work will include demolition and replacement of the eastern side of the Harmon Main Shop Building with a two-track, 10-car double-ended Consist Shop; demolition of the Blowshed Building, and demolition of the existing Recycling Center Facility.

Source article:
"Harmon Shop Replacement - Phase V Design-Build Project Award." ECCO Enterprises.
"Harmon Shop Replacement, Phases 3 and 5." HAKS.

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2016.html#harmon

"The Barracks", 
Mohegan Lake Boys School,

Lake Mohegan, NY

~ Demolished
late 2015~

The Barracks, once part of the Mohegan Lake Boys School, a military academy that was located on Lake Mohegan, recently was demolished. In recent years it was an apartment house known as the London Apartments. The property is likely slated for commercial redevelopment. A barn on an adjacent property, formerly the estate of William Bradhurst Osgood Field, will likely be demolished as well.
Thanks to Terry Ducey for the information on this house. 

Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2016.html#barracks

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