Thursday, May 2, 2024

May Is Historic Preservation Month

For the month of May, Historic Hudson is celebrating the historic architecture of Hudson and its preservation and restoration over the past thirty years, with an exhibition of a portion of Lynn Davis's Warren Street Project, the monumental work that documents Hudson's main street in the mid-1990s.

Hudson Historic and The Warren Street Project grew out of a grassroots citizens' effort launched in 1994 to vision Hudson's future. Creating an inventory of the buildings on Warren Street was part of that initiative. It is Hudson's good fortune that internationally known photographer Lynn Davis volunteered to provide the pictures for the inventory. 

Over the next two years--1994 and 1995--Davis photographed every one of the more than 300 buildings on Warren Street. The resulting collection was exhibited for the first time at the Carrie Haddad Gallery for Historic Hudson's inaugural event in October 1996--an appropriate launch for an organization dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of Hudson's architectural heritage.

The entire collection was exhibited again in 2016 at Vincent Mulford Antiques to mark Historic Hudson's 20th anniversary.

For the month of May, one volume of this extraordinary six-volume collection will be exhibited at 243 Warren Street. The volume to be displayed includes photographs of the buildings on the north side of Warren Street, from Front Street to the PARC Park in the middle of the 300 block. Visitors to the exhibit can view the photographs that show the buildings as they were thirty years ago and then step outside to see the buildings today--preserved, restored, and revitalized. 

The exhibition opens tomorrow, Friday, May 3, with a members' preview from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. If you are not already a member of Historic Hudson, you can become one here, or you can join at the door tomorrow evening. After the opening preview, the exhibition will be open from noon to 5:00 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in May or by appointment. Call 518 828-1785 to schedule a viewing.

1 comment:

  1. Vince Mulford is much missed. However, the collection of historic photos is forever valuable, thanks to Lynn Davis and Historic Hudson. Many changes since 1994 and 1995, particularily in the lower blocks. Changes had already started in 500 and 600 blocks by 1995 but many more since then.