In a comment on Gossips last week, the only reader in France whose identity I can be certain of asked, "Wouldn't it be a nice thing if all new houses built in the city have the date of their construction graven on a plaque and affixed to each of them so as to indicate to those who do not know, and those yet to come who will know even less, about Hudson's architectural history that these houses do not belong to the city's legitimate historical past or any known historic style. . . ?" An amusing suggestion, certainly, but one that is not totally facetious.
During ArtsWalk, Nicholas Kahn displayed a collection of photographs in a window at Rural Residence. A couple of the pictures were of the little house that was demolished recently at the corner of First Street and Cherry Alley, and Kahn had offered to let Gossips publish them, which we did on October 4, describing them as part of collection of photographs of historic Hudson architecture.
Viewing the exhibition during ArtsWalk, I was surprised to see that it commingled the faux with the authentic. I'm sure that Kahn knows the difference and was amused, as I was to some degree, by the notion of juxtaposing the genuine and the imitation, but I wonder how many other people viewing the photographs knew the difference . . . or even cared.
Maybe those plaques that my ex-pat reader suggested aren't such a bad idea.