Early in 2019, the building at the corner of State and North Seventh streets was demolished. As the original home of the Hudson Orphan Asylum, the building was of great local historic significance.
The building had been owned by Eric Galloway or the Galvan Initiatives Foundation since 2006, and it figured in plans for transitional housing and "entry level" affordable housing floated in 2012 and 2014 respectively. The development of which this building was to be a part was dubbed "Galvan Quarters."
demolished in 2010, without a certificate of appropriateness from the Historic Preservation Commission, and a new roof was put on the building, similarly without a certificate of appropriateness, at some point between 2012 and 2014, plans for restoring the building were never pursued, and in March 2019, it was demolished. Dan Kent of the Galvan Foundation made this statement at the time:
We are saddened to announce the need to deconstruct our building at 620 State Street in Hudson because of public safety concerns. We began taking down the building today.
Before making this difficult decision we commissioned extensive reviews from engineers to confirm the building cannot be saved. The engineers concluded that the building is unable to be rehabilitated without posing extensive risks to construction workers and the general public. Unfortunately, the structural issues are beyond repair despite our significant investments in stabilizing the building.
Now there's another building in the Galvan inventory that time and gravity may be claiming: 22-24 Warren Street.
This building, which at one point was two buildings, is located on one of the few blocks deemed to be of historic significance during urban renewal back in the 1970s. Galvan acquired the building in 2012 from its previous owner, Shiloh Baptist Church.
In March 2018, this house was among five proposals made by Galvan for DRI funding. The promise was that it would be developed for affordable housing. Also in March 2018, 22-24 Warren Street was one of the buildings included in Galvan's commitment to creating 29 units of affordable housing in the next two or three years. It's included in the list of properties to be developed for affordable housing that appears in Hudson's Strategic Housing Action Plan.
In July 2018, the HPC granted a certificate of appropriateness to the plan for restoring the building, which reimagined it as a house of textbook Federal design.
July 2019, Dan Kent told Gossips in an email that work on the restoration of 22-24 Warren Street would begin "in the fall," but that didn't happen.
It appears that 22-24 Warren Street may be moving up on Galvan's to-do list. In November, Walter Chatham appeared before the HPC on behalf of Galvan seeking a new certificate of appropriateness for the proposed restoration. (The previous one had expired.) Although it is not known when work on the house is expected to begin, it is possible it may have been put off for too long. Yesterday, a reader sent Gossips this picture of the rear of the house, taken from Prison Alley, and shared the opinion that the house may now have passed the point of restoration.