[AUTHOR'S NOTE: I just learned from a reader that the appropriate term for the structure on the roof of this house, which I called a cupola, is lantern.]
Then there are the two Federal style houses that sit side by side at 113 and 115 Warren Street. Built in 1795 (115) and 1811 (113), these were the homes of Seth and Robert Jenkins, the sons of Seth Jenkins who, with his brother Thomas, sailed from Nantucket in search of a safe harbor, found and purchased the site of Hudson, then called Claverack Landing, and established here a seaport far from the sea.
There is also 116 Warren Street, which, with its decorative swags and garlands, its ornamental marble frieze, and marble pilasters, is a rare surviving example of an Adam style Federal building. It was built in 1805 as the First Bank of Hudson, but the depression of 1807 caused the bank to fail only seven years after its founding, and soon after, the building was turned into a private residence.
And then there is 124 Warren Street, the Ezra Waterbury House, built around 1870. This house has the distinction of being the only building with a cast-iron facade, in the Northeast, that was constructed exclusively as a residence.
There is much that is engaging about these first blocks of Warren Street, not the least of which is trying to imagine what the street was like at the turn of the 19th century, before the later Victorian houses filled in the spaces between the early freestanding buildings. What Bruce Hall, author of Diamond Street, said of Hudson's main street in an article published in Columbia County History & Heritage in 2003, is especially true of these blocks nearest the river: "With a little imagination one can still see Warren Street as the Proprietors knew it around 1800."
What is of particular interest to us in the early years of the 21st century is that back in the 1970s during Urban Renewal these two blocks--one and a half blocks really--were all that was considered Hudson's "historic district." To mitigate razing the south side of the first block of Warren Street, all the buildings west of Front Street, and something like 53 acres of buildings north of Warren Street for Urban Renewal projects, the city planners of the era instituted a facade easement program in which federal Urban Renewal funds were used to restore the facades of the buildings on these blocks and a few buildings on South Front Street. The plaques still found on many of the buildings date from that time.
In 1985, the National Register-listed Hudson Historic District significantly redefined what was considered historic in Hudson and created a historic district that concluded both sides of the length of Warren Street and all the neighborhoods south of Warren Street and reached out to embrace some buildings on the north side of Warren as well--the Federal style limestone building that housed the Hudson Area Library and the former Union Mills building, a.k.a. the Pocketbook Factory.
Today much of the city is included in Hudson's six locally designated historic districts, protected by the city's historic preservation law, adopted in 2003.