Friday, February 8, 2013

One South Front Street/One West Warren Street

Paul Barrett, the proprietor of the Country Squire Bed & Breakfast, recently sent me this photograph, which appeared in the Register-Star on April 17, 1974.

The following caption accompanied the picture:
Cristo Brothers' bulldozer knocks the first hole into the PNA building on West Warren and South Front Sts., in demolition Monday that was over several hours after it started. Clean-up operations continued today. State and federal government approval was required to knock down the structure, part of a historic district named in the National Register of Historic Places. (Register-Star Photo by Evhen)
The documentation for the National Register Historic District noted: "This structure was built in the late 1780's or early 1790's and used as a store by Marshall Jenkins, who was one of the original proprietors." 

A building that stood for nearly two hundred years was "knocked down" in a few hours.


  1. Boggles the mind how someone could think this was a good idea.

  2. The whole historic center of Albany was destroyed to encourage economic growth.
    What it did was send economic growth to the suburbs while the politicians made all the money.
    Rather like Hudson too ...

  3. This is what happens when you leave stuff to people without classical liberal arts educations.