Brenda Shufelt, program director at the Hudson Area Library, reports: "In researching the map, historical institutions were consulted, including Historic Hudson, The Gossips of Rivertown, the Columbia County Historical Society, the Hendrick Hudson Chapter of the DAR, the New York Archives, and the Library of Congress, and there does not appear to be any other known copy of this map. Its current condition is legible but extremely fragile."
The map measures 4' x 5' and features, bordering the map of the original four wards of Hudson, nineteen images of prominent buildings. One of those buildings is the home of Casper P. Collier, the house, now missing, that stood at the eastern end of the 300 block of Allen Street, next to the courthouse, where today there is a parking lot.
The house, then owned by Columbia County, was demolished sometime at the end of the 1970s or beginning of the 1980s. Until seeing the image of the house from the 1871 map, this photograph, taken by Walker Evans in the 1930s, was the best visual documentation I knew of the house.
|Walker Evans Archive|Metropolitan Museum of Art|
A high resolution copy of the map will be made and displayed at the library. The original will be protected and stored in the appropriate archival manner and will be available for access or display on special occasions.
The cost of the restoration is $7,500. To raise that sum, a GoFundMe campaign has been created, which so far has raised $3,175. Click here to make a contribution to the restoration. Everyone who makes a donation will have a unique opportunity to see the original map when the restoration has been completed.
COPYRIGHT 2019 CAROLE OSTERINK