Once upon a time, this remarkable house stood at 310 Warren Street. It was the home of Captain John Hathaway and an extraordinary example of Federal design.
Much happened to this house between the late 1860s, when this photograph was probably taken, and the 1930s, when I believe the building was demolished--all of it bad. According to various accounts, it was turned into a garage or a car dealership, and huge openings were cut into the facade. George Duguay once told me his father, who had been the chauffeur for Mrs. Isaac Newton Collier, one of the wealthiest women in Hudson in her day, had also worked for whatever the auto-related business was that occupied the former Hathaway house. I've been told that there are pictures of the house taken during that time, but I've never seen them. At some point, mantels from the house were removed and installed in the Italian villa at 601 Union Street, where they can still be seen.
Eventually, after being abused beyond recognition, the house was demolished, and in its place was built a supermarket.
It was originally Sam's Supermarket, a neighborhood market known for the quality of its meat. The meat counter was like a butcher shop. There was no prepackaged meat. Customers made their selections out of the case, and the meat was weighed and wrapped up on the spot.
Sam's Supermarket closed in 1994, and a few years later, with the support and encouragement of the Columbia Hudson Partnership, a new grocery store, the Hudson Supermarket, opened in the building. Sadly, the Hudson Supermarket was short-lived. It closed only a year or so after it opened.
Still called the Hudson Supermarket, the building now houses a market for antiques and vintage furniture. It's a vibrant and attractive business, and there are always intriguing things in the window to engage your attention as you pass by, but once you've seen a picture of the house that stood there long ago, it's hard to walk by without conjuring up its ghostly image.