Hudson Valley Ruins

Hudson Valley Ruins

Forgotten Landmarks of An American Landscape

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University Press of New England
An elegant homage to the many deserted buildings along the Hudson River--and a plea for their preservation.
Countless books have been published on the historical sites of the Hudson River Valley. But these books have focused over and over again on the best-known, best-preserved places. Every bit as valuable are dozens of other historical sites that haven't fared as well. Many of these buildings are listed on the National Register of Historical Places, and a few are even National Historical Landmarks. But in spite of their significance, these structures have been allowed to decay, and in some cases, to disappear altogether.

In an effort to raise awareness of their plight, Hudson Valley Ruins offers the reader a long-overdue glimpse at some of the region's forgotten cultural treasures. In addition to great river estates, the book profiles sites more meaningful to everyday life in the Valley: churches and hotels, commercial and civic buildings, mills and train stations. Included are works by some of the most important names in American architectural history, such as Alexander Jackson Davis and Calvert Vaux.

The book is divided into four parts that correspond to the upper, middle, maritime, and lower sections of the Hudson River Valley. Sites have been selected for their general historical and architectural significance, their relationship to important themes in the region's history, their physical condition or "rustic" character, and their ability to demonstrate a particular threat still faced by historical buildings in the region. The Dutch Reformed Church at Newburgh tells the story of the Valley's oldest religious group; the Luckey Platt department store in Poughkeepsie was for decades the "Leading Store of the Hudson Valley"; and the ruins of the West Point Foundry at Cold Spring are all that remain of what was once one of the river's most important industries. Taken together, these places present a broad picture of the region's past that is relevant to its present and future.

This book was published with the generous support of Furthermore, a program of the
J. M. Kaplan Fund.

Blackwell North Amer
Countless books have been published on the historic sites of the Hudson River Valley. But over and over again these books have focused on the best-known, best-preserved places. Every bit as valuable are dozens of other historic sites that haven't fared as well. Many of these buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and a few are even National Historic Landmarks. But in spite of their significance, these structures have been allowed to decay, and in some cases, to disappear altogether.
In an effort to raise awareness of their plight, Hudson Valley Ruins offers the reader a long-overdue glimpse at some of the region's forgotten cultural treasures. In addition to great river estates, the book profiles sites more meaningful to everyday life in the Valley: churches and hotels, commercial and civic buildings, mills and train stations. Included are works by some of the most important names in American architectural history, such as Alexander Jackson Davis and Calvert Vaux.

Publisher: Hanover : University Press of New England, [2006]
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9781584655985
1584655984
Branch Call Number: 974.7344 RINAL
Additional Contributors: Yasinsac, Rob

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