Friday, November 17, 2023

Returning to an Earlier Time

Once upon a time in Hudson, large signs painted on the sides of buildings were a common sight. The ghosts of some of these signs survive today. 

This morning, the Historic Preservation Commission approved a sign, 18.5 feet by 10.5 feet, to be painted on the exposed east side of 449 Warren Street, the location of Olde Hudson.

In approving the sign, HPC member Miranda Barry commented, "It's in keeping with the way signs used to be done in Hudson." HPC member John Schobel observed, "It's not vintage brick," implying that fact made the decision to allow the painted sign easier. 

The building at 449 Warren was constructed by Galvan over a period of three years, from 2012 to 2015. The HPC's review of the design for the building was a grueling process and the subject of the commission's first ever workshop. For those curious about Hudson's recent history, Gossips account of that workshop makes interesting reading: "HPC Holds Its First Workshop."

449 Warren Street under construction in 2014

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