This afternoon, an inquiry from a reader sent me searching through old Gossips posts. In the quest, I stumbled upon a post published in August 2011 that linked to a Register-Star article written by a reporter who has long since moved on: "Galloway seeks to have impact on city." The article, which is recommended reading, is an interview with Eric Galloway and the late Henry van Ameringen, written soon after they, as Galvan Partners, had acquired 400 State Street and a few months before they announced the formation of their not-for-profit Galvan Initiatives Foundation.
Galloway, speaking of the foundation, is quoted in the article as saying, "We know it is going to have the historic buildings or the social and architecturally significant buildings we will keep in perpetuity for the benefit of Hudson." The buildings he was talking about at the time were the birthplace of Hudson's most celebrated hero, General William Jenkins Worth; the Robert Taylor House, the oldest surviving house in Hudson, erroneously referred to in the article as "the Dutch house"; and 400 State Street, referred to in the article as "the library."
In 2022, "in perpetuity" seems to have taken on a new meaning. The General Worth birthplace was sold last year for $1.025 million, the Robert Taylor House is suffering demolition by neglect, and Galvan is looking to relinquish the task of restoring and maintaining 400 State Street to the City and its taxpayers.
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