Whenever there's a suggestion that the Hudson Correctional Facility might close, people start thinking about a reuse for the late 19th-century buildings that comprise the prison. What is now the prison campus was originally constructed as the Women's House of Refuge, but after a decade or so, that institution closed, and the campus became the New York State Girls' Training School and remained so until the 1970s.
Since most people never get to see the prison buildings except to glimpse them from Route 9 or 9G during leaf-off season, Gossips is publishing these early photographs to assist in the visioning.
Something to consider when thinking about whether or not the Hudson Correctional Facility might be one of the prisons designated for closing: in March 2009, a year after an earlier decision to close the Hudson Correctional Facility was reversed by local and regional protest, a specialized "reentry unit"--one of only four in the state--was opened at the Hudson Correctional Facility. It's not clear if this makes HCF a less likely candidate for closing or not.