Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Old House Tour in Hudson

After two years of staging its Old House Tour in places with historic links to Hudson--the hamlet of Claverack in 2008, the Town of Greenport in 2009--Historic Hudson returns to the city for its fifth annual tour on Saturday, October 2. The tour's title, "At Home with History," borrowed from the current issue of Preservation Magazine, reflects the nature of the six houses that make up this year's very walkable tour. 

225 Union Street

342 Allen Street

453 Union Street

34-36 South Fifth Street

109 North Fifth Street

350 Warren Street

One nearly as old as Hudson itself, the others built at different times throughout the 19th century, all six houses have survived periods of boom and bust in Hudson and have entered the 21st century rescued and restored. None is an antiques-filled house museum--although antiques are present in most. Rather, with respect for the house's history and its original architectural design, the owners of each house have created within the historic structure tasteful and comfortable living space.

The daylong house tour concludes with a benefit reception--this year to be held at the Tin Ballroom. The event is being catered by Jeff Loshinsky, and the wines to be served were chosen by Michael Albin of Hudson Wine Merchants. 
The houses on the tour will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $40 for the tour, $75 for the reception, or $100 for both. Make reservations at 518 828-1785 or the Historic Hudson website. Tickets for both events can be picked up or purchased at the Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 2. Tickets for the reception must be purchased in advance. 
Since 1996, Historic Hudson has advocated for the preservation of Hudson's unique architectural heritage. It's a force for good recognized by all of us who care about the historic fabric of our city. Historic Hudson has intervened on many occasions when Hudson architecture is in danger of misuse or demolition and has assumed the stewardship of Dr. Oliver Bronson House, the forgotten and neglected Hudson River mansion that is now, thanks to Historic Hudson's advocacy, a National Historic Landmark in the process of being stabilized and preserved. The Old House Tour is Historic Hudson's major annual fundraising event and everyone's best opportunity to support valuable work they do.   

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