Wednesday, July 5, 2017

They Don't Build 'Em Like They Used to

A reader recently brought to my attention this little item, which appeared in the Hudson Evening Register for April 2, 1875.

Needless to say, I was curious to know if the house built with such astounding speed had survived the past 142 years, so I set off to find out which house on Clinton Street was the house built for William H. Power. The 1882 Hudson city directory simply indicates that the house of Wm. H. Power was on Clinton Street north of Fifth, suggesting that there wasn't much else on Clinton Street at the time.

The Hudson city directory for 1891, two years after the change in numbering on east-west streets was done, gives an actual address: 520 Clinton Street.

A drive across town yesterday confirmed that 520 Clinton Street is indeed still standing and appears to be undergoing some kind of repair or restoration.



  1. Carole,

    Not sure "is" undergoing some restoration is correct, fully. I seem to recall that scaffolding on it since I moved up here in 1985 and started exploring all corners of Hudson. Wouldn't it be nice if it was an indication of work in progress today!

    Elizabeth Nyland

    1. Well, I did say "appears to be." Sorry to hear this though.

    2. Elizabeth, if you hadn't said it, I would have. Indeed, the scaffolding has been there since I came to Hudson in 1985 and during the time Kim and I lived on North 5th St at Washington, I never saw any change there and none since! We drove past the other day and I said, good Lord, the scaffolding is still up. Interesting to know how old the house is and who built it.

  2. Great sleuthing, Carole. And the idea of the house being built "from cellar foundation to turn of the key" in 13 days is astounding. Makes you wonder what else Freeman Coons was building in those days....

  3. I believe the perpetual scaffolding is to imply work in progress and to have an effect on their tax appraisal. It is the home of a many generations Hudson shop and property owner, which are also in similar condition.

  4. The real estate website Zillow claims this house was built in 1820. How they ended up with this date is a mystery.
    It seems that their are two other houses that are of the same vintage at 36 Oakwood and 50 Parkwood Boulevard respectively. It would be interesting to see when these homes were built and by whom. They both look older than all other homes on the boulevards.

  5. I did a little bit more research on this house and it seems that the columbia county tax maps list this as being built in 1820, That's a 55 year difference from this newspaper article. Was there a house in 1820 that burned down and was rebuilt? It's quite the mystery.