Wednesday, June 19, 2019

In Memoriam: John McNally

In the recent history of Hudson, the gradual upgrading of buildings has turned this riverfront town from one of "unrealized potential" to a city of beautiful homes worthy of several NY Times articles.

One man who took a chance on Hudson was John McNally. He first renovated 258 Union on the corner of Third--at the time, a building in need of serious restoration. Now its strong presence gives drivers a hint of what to expect as they enter town via Third Street. John eventually sold that building and took a chance on a huge but unfinished restoration on the corner of Front and Warren. Through his keen eye and hard work, the final house became not just a home, but a landmark property.

On Sunday, McNally died in his beloved 1 Warren Street property. He had lived in Hudson full time since 2003. A smiling fixture and active participant in the Hudson community, he saw value in the beautiful architecture, engaging community and history of Hudson. He will be missed. R.I.P.

Gratitude to Kim Bach for submitting this lovely tribute