Hudson Valley Demolition Alert
January 25, 2017
The surviving portion of the Hudson River
Knitting Mill burned and was subsequently demolished on January 18, 2017.
About two-thirds of the mill complex was demolished in 2009, leaving one
building standing. The City of Hudson donated the building to a non-profit
organization in September 2016. The group, known as Kite's Nest, was using
the mill building for storage and planned to develop a youth center there.
The Mother Cabrini School, part of the Cabrini
West Park/Saint Cabrini Home property, was demolished in January 2017.
Established in 1890 as an orphanage for immigrant Italian girls, the
property also served as a novitiate and the orphanage expanded in scope
and service. The Mother Cabrini School, built in 1934, closed
in 2011 after incurring debt and following several tragic and
unfortunate incidents. The novitiate remains active with a very small
number of nuns living on-site, and the majority of the property is being
offered for sale. We did not have a photograph of the school but images
can be found at the links below.
The Bridge Diner, featured on page 29 of
Ruins; Forgotten Landmarks of an American Landscape", has been
demolished (although some websites suggest that a buyer was interested in
relocating the structure). It was considered to be the most intact,
extant, diner produced by the Bixler Manufacturing Company, whose diners
were known for being wider and taller than typical diners of that time.
This diner was built between 1931 and 1937. Although abandoned for
some time, the diner remained intact when we first photographed it around
2005. It had been gutted more recently, and was gone entirely by or around
the end of 2016.
Preparations for a long-discussed project in
Yorktown have begun at the northwest corner of Route 35/202 and the
Taconic Parkway. A motel, gas station, and nursery will be demolished and
in their place will be built a Lowe's Home Improvement store, two
restaurants, and a bank.