Plans for the restoration of 205-207 Warren Street have been presented to the Historic Preservation Commission three times in the past four years. In May 2017, the proposal was to introduce storefronts on the ground floor.
Both proposals, which were presented by the same owner, were approved by the HPC, but neither was pursued.
In January 2021, new owners of the building submitted a new proposal to the HPC. The new proposal involves creating five residential units in the building--two on each floor and one in the attic.
Posting in January about the plans for the building, Gossips reported:
The plan is to remove the vinyl siding to expose the original clapboard and to restore it. [HPC architect member Chip] Bohl suggested that in the process they may discover that the first floor windows were originally taller than the second floor windows.
It appears, as was the case with at least one other building in Hudson, that the building was stripped of its original siding before the vinyl siding was applied. There may be internal evidence of taller windows on the ground floor, but any external evidence appears to have been covered with plywood. Since there is no clapboard to be restored, this project should go back to the HPC for approval of whatever new siding is proposed.
This sign is currently displayed on the building, suggesting that the project will be overseen not only by our own Historic Preservation Commission but also by SHPO (State Historic Preservation Office).