Back in December 2010, the Historic Preservation Commission granted a certificate of appropriateness to the plans proposed for 211 Union Street, the birthplace of General William Jenkins Worth, Hudson's most celebrated native son. The plans involved rebuilding the front wall, originally a three-course brick wall, as a one-course brick wall over a new wood frame wall. The agreement was that the original brick would be used, and the promise was that no one would be able to tell the difference.
Now it is rumored that, when the wall had been partially built using the original bricks, Eric Galloway, whose Warren Street Partners LLC owns the building, was unhappy with the appearance of the old bricks and ordered the wall to be torn down and rebuilt using new bricks that look like old bricks.
At the public hearing on this project, Mark Greenberg, attorney for Warren Street Partners, argued that interior work and structural work were the purview of the Code Enforcement Office not the Historic Preservation Commission and rebuilding the front wall was structural work. Tony Thompson was the only member of the HPC to suggest that changing the nature of the front wall's construction compromised the integrity of the building and affected its historic significance. If the rumor is true and authentic historic fabric is being replaced with new material masquerading as historic material, there is no question that the historic significance of this important Hudson landmark is being seriously compromised.