The next bank building you come to as you move east on Warren Street is this one at 544 Warren.
This is the newest of the bank buildings on this stretch of Warren Street. Designed by Shreve, Lamb, and Harmon, the architectural firm best known for designing the Empire State Building, it was constructed in 1942 for Farmers' National Bank and replaced this elaborate Victorian building, which burned to the ground in a spectacular fire in November 1941.
The next bank building, at 560 Warren Street, is the second building in Hudson designed by the architects Warren and Wetmore, the first being the Columbia County Courthouse. It was built shortly after the courthouse was completed in 1908 for the Hudson City Savings Institution.
In this case, the new bank was not built as the consequence of a fire. Rather the prosperous financial institution was moving upstreet to a new, more impressive building from its previous building at 230 Warren Street, now the location of Cafe Le Perche.
The Hudson City Savings Institution was founded in 1850. An interesting footnote to its founding is that the eighth account established at the new bank belonged to Mrs. Mary M. Bliss. This is noteworthy because it was only two years earlier, in 1848, that it became legal for women to own property and to possess money.
The bank was first located in the insurance office of Josiah Fairfield at 234 Warren Street. It moved to 230 Warren Street in 1866, after purchasing the building from Dr. Oliver Bronson for $4,000. Around 1910, the bank moved to its new Warren and Wetmore building at 560 Warren Street and remained there until the early 1990s, when it moved to Hudson City Centre at Green and State streets. A few years after that, it changed its name to Hudson River Bank & Trust, and a few years after that, it was sold to First Niagara Financial Group.
The First National Bank of Hudson, founded in 1864, started out at 327 Warren Street, now the Hudson Opera House. It moved to this building at 561 Warren Street, directly across the street from the Hudson City Savings Institution, probably in the 1920s.
This bank was the target of the elaborately planned and disastrously executed heist in the 1959 film Odds Against Tomorrow. The plot of the film required a bank with a side entrance. The story goes that scouts were sent out to look for such a bank and found it here in Hudson, which is why the greater part of the movie was filmed in Hudson. This picture of the bank is a still from the movie.