An example of
idea of adaptive reuse of historic properties. Who would have
thought that Hudson and Weston had more than a few letters in
Why is it important to have a Main Street and a Cross Street?
Impact on parallel street, too, as we later learned there would be?
- Adaptive Re-Use: Not a new idea, and current mention in Westport...
- Other structures deemed historic or not...
Merritt Parkway structures and let us not forget that this is an example of great landscape planning public venture! but subject to blackmail by C.G.A.? With friends in the right places or not?
HUDSON RIVER SCHOOL
The Hudson River, 21st century;
the type of nature painting unique to America began in the Hudson River
Valley and its "school"; Frederick
Edwin Church's Olana
preserved. Olana is away from downtown,
with "country" look similar to Claverack (lots of fields) - but
Claverack has Dutch farm houses close to the street and not "Persian"
mansions high on a hill!
From About Weston's 1970 master's thesis on historic and architectural
landmarks in Hudson and Claverack, N.Y.: Original art
@1970. The survival of Olana not at all a certainty when
this thesis and its illustrations done.
The character of the "main" street and the "cross" street in downtown
Hudson should have made the backbone for any redevelopment or as it
rebirth, of the city. That was our assumption. And Hudson
has flourished as the years went by, becoming, we understand, an arts
and antiques-centered community!
THE INTRODUCTION: Necessary to retain backbone of historic development of the city and its suburb.
Religious institution on the "main street"
Single family homes on the main street, also - this one near the
river...and some further
away from the river...
One of several churches, but this was also
on the main drag.
Multifamily residences on the mail street
On a cross street on the way to the court house. Now offices for
lawyers, we think.
Cross street housed major institutions, such as the court house
and at the other end, what is now the Department of Taxation
(above). Not pictured here: the County Courthouse (which
look exactly like a courthouse of the vintage of other landmarks
Weston, CT Historic Districts as established by the Historic District Commission
Source: Town Plan of C&D, 1987; enlarge by clicking here.
Two-Acre Residential and Farming comes from our farming heritage!