Forgotten Landmarks of an American Landscape

Thomas E. Rinaldi  ~  Robert J. Yasinsac

The authors submitted Hudson Valley Ruins: Forgotten Landmarks of an American Landscape to the publisher in October 2005; the University Press of New England released the book in August 2006. Since then, a number of changes have occurred at sites documented in the book. Many buildings are still abandoned and remain endangered by continuous decay, but the sites listed here include those that have been demolished or substantially altered, those that have been restored, and sites where restoration or redevelopment is underway. 

Bridge Diner, Coeymans, Albany County - Demolished late 2016.

Powell and Minnock Brick Company, Coeymans, Albany County - A marine salvage terminal has opened at the former brickyard. The scove kiln sheds and gantry crane were demolished over the winter of 2007-2008. The brick barn was converted to an office.

District No. 1 Public School, Athens, Greene County - Restoration underway in 2014

Captain James Bogardus House, Catskill, Greene County - Restoration underway in 2016 as part of the Catskill Mill project.

New York Central Railroad Station, Stuyvesant, Columbia County - Restored and opened for public events in 2007. 

Albany & Hudson Railroad Company Power Station, Stuyvesant Falls, Columbia County - Restored and generating power as of December 2012.

Oliver Bronson House, Hudson, Columbia County - House leased to Historic Hudson, Inc., in May 2008. Restoration efforts underway, and open house events are offered occasionally.

Hutton Company Brick Works, Kingston, Ulster County - Site in reuse as Smorgasburg Upstate as of August 2016.

Summit Mills, Philmont, Columbia County - Restoration efforts begun, not completed.

James Baird House, near Freedom Plains, Dutchess County - Demolished.

Nelson House Hotel, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County - Demolished Late 2012.

Hudson River State Hospital, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County - South patient wing of main hospital building partly destroyed by fire, May 2007. Demolition of staff buildings begun in 2016. Site redevelopment efforts underway.

Luckey Platt & Company, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County - Renovation into stores and apartments completed; first tenant moved in in December 2008.

Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge, Dutchess County - Renovation into public walkway began in May 2008. Opened to the public in late 2009.

Bannerman's Island Arsenal, Pollepel Island, Fishkill, Dutchess County - Nearly three-quarters of the "Tower" of Bannerman's Island Arsenal (Bannerman's Castle") collapsed in two storms in December 2009 and January 2010. Stabilization and restoration efforts ongoing at Bannerman residence.

Beacon Mills, Dutchess County:

Horatio N. Swift Machine Shop - Renovated as Roundhouse Beacon restaurant and hotel.

Ellroot & Lynch Silk Mill - Renovation as apartments underway in 2016.

Matteawan Company Cotton MillDemolished April 2016.

Middlehope Drive-In Theater, Middlehope, Orange County - Demolished 2011-2012.

Dutch Reformed Church, Newburgh, Orange County - Restoration efforts underway in 2007. Initial work focused on the columns and windows. Interior ceiling collapsed in January 2012.

West Shore Railroad Station, Newburgh, Orange County - Renovated and reopened in late 2010 as the Pizza Shop and the Railroad Playhouse. (Playhouse has since relocated.)

Grove, Cold Spring, Putnam County - Restoration underway as of 2016.

Brandreth Pill Factory, Ossining, Westchester County - 1872 building demolished March 2016.

The Lancaster, Hastings-on-Hudson (Maritime Ruin) - Partly destroyed/partly buried, 2008.

Centennial Hose Company No. 4 Firehouse, Peekskill, Westchester County - Destroyed August 21, 2008. Collapsed during attempt to move building.

FL9 Locomotive No. 2005, Croton-on-Hudson, Westchester County - Destroyed for scrap metal. 

Public School 6, Yonkers, Westchester County - Demolished December 2012.

Yonkers Power Station, Yonkers, Westchester County - Redevelopment preparations begun in 2012.

The authors photographed the subjects of Hudson Valley Ruins between 1994 and 2005. During that time, a number of these buildings were demolished, while restoration/stabilization efforts were considered or completed at others.

F. Sheffedecker House, Bethlehem Center, Albany County - Demolished c. 2001.

Dutch Reformed Church, Nassau, Rensselaer County - Demolished 2001. 

American Valve Company, Coxsackie, Greene County - Demolished 2002. Two small ancillary buildings remain.

Hop-O-Nose Knitting Mill, Catskill Green County - Demolished c. 1999. Chimney demolished c. 2007-2008. Stair tower remains. 

R & W Scott Ice Company Powerhouse, Newton Hook, Columbia County - Stabilized 2001.

Stott Woolen Mills, Stottville, Columbia County - Mill No.4 demolished beginning in 2002. Mills Number 1 and 2 demolished in the 1970s; Mill Number 3 largely destroyed by fire in 1994.

Jacob Forst Packing Company, Kingston, Ulster County - Demolished September 2005.

Kingston City Hall, Kingston, Ulster County - Restored 2000.

Pleasant Valley Finishing Company, Pleasant Valley, Dutchess County - Destroyed by fire 1994, demolished in 1995. Office and mill foundation ruins remain.

New York Rubber Company, Beacon, Dutchess County - Destroyed by fire August 2005 and subsequently demolished.

New York Central Railroad Barge, Peekskill, Westchester County (Maritime Ruin) - Demolished January 2004.

Henry M. Peck House, West Haverstraw, Rockland County - Destroyed by fire, July 2002.

Tappan Zee Playhouse, Nyack, Rockland County - Demolished April 2004. 

Mount Saint Florence, Peekskill, Westchester County - Most buildings demolished 2001. Chapel and St. Germaine Home renovated for residential development.

Briarcliff Lodge, Briarcliff Manor, Westchester County - Partly destroyed by fire September 2003, subsequently demolished with all ancillary buildings.

Graystone estate, Tarrytown, Westchester County - Buildings demolished in 1996. 

Immaculate Conception Church, Irvington, Westchester County - Demolished March-June 1996.

Anaconda Wire and Cable Company, Hastings-on-Hudson, Westchester County - Most buildings demolished 2000-2005. Subsequent further demolition. One building and water tower remain as of early 2017.



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