Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory, Poughkeepsie, NY

The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory building is located on North Cherry Street just north of Main Street in Poughkeepsie, NY.  The building was built in 1874 and contained several operations throughout its existence.  Below is some history, taken from a Poughkeepsie Journal article:

The building was originally occupied by William S. Patten’s Poughkeepsie Live Oak Leather Manufactory.  Afterwards, it was transformed several times to accommodate a cooperage, a paper mill, and the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory.

In 1887, when the factory was used by the Dutchess Manufacturing Co., the structure was expanded to almost double in size.

A barrel-manufacturing operation named William Paulding’s Cooperage moved into the building in 1895 and remained there until 1902.

In 1902, the building became the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory.  This business operated until the 1920s.  After, a paper mill briefly occupied the building.

“The building boasts one of the earliest elevators to exist and it is still intact,” said Elizabeth Celaya, director of organizational development for Hudson River Housing Inc., which acquired the structure in May 2012.

Since these photos were taken, the building has been renovated as mixed-use space with two thirds consisting of apartments and one third planned as a commercial community hub, which was opened in 2017.

More information:  Poughkeepsie Journal article, Underwear Factory website

Location:  Google Maps (41.701587, -73.917948)

Glenwood Power Plant, Yonkers, NY

The Glenwood Power Plant (also known as the Yonkers Power Plant) was constructed circa 1904-06 and shut down circa 1963.  It sits next to the Glenwood railroad station.  The plant had sat abandoned for quite some time when I went to photograph it.  To my pleasant surprise on the day of my visit, we saw work being done to renovate/reuse the building!  I am unsure of its current status.

More information:  Goran Group (real estate developer)

Location: Google Maps


Sedgewick Machine Works, Poughkeepsie, NY

Photographs of the Sedgewick Machine Works along the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, NY.  The site served as a testing facility for elevators and dumbwaiters.

A February 7, 2014 article in the Poughkeepsie Journal discusses some of the history of the site:

“While the main plant that was used to build the equipment was lost to fire in the early 21st century, other deteriorating buildings and the nine-story tower remain on the site.”

“Sedgwick Machine Works was the first furnace and iron works operation to be established in America, founded in 1643.”

“The company became so well-known and respected that its equipment was installed in, among other sites, Vassar College in Poughkeepsie and the Hotel Astor, Empire State Building and Tavern on the Green restaurant in New York City.”

“President Franklin D. Roosevelt relied on a Sedgwick elevator to travel between floors at Springwood, his family estate in Hyde Park.”

Location:  Bird’s Eye View