Johnson House, Fishkill, NY

Located at the intersection of Main Street and Jackson Street (1020-1022 Main Street) in the Village of Fishkill, the Johnson House was demolished in 2012 and the site rebuilt with a new structure resembling the old one (Rhinebeck Bank).  It is a shame that the old building was demolished; the building was part of the village historic district.

The photos of the old house were taken in 2011 and the new building photos were taken in 2013 and include a photo of the plaque on the building.  The plaque states, “This building is a 2012 rebuild of a farmhouse originally built in the late 1800s that was occupied by Dr. E. Kingsland Johnson and his father.  The Johnson Family contributed to the health and welfare of the community of the Village of Fishkill for more than 50 years.”

Location:  Google Maps (41.533369, -73.905114)

Former IBM Buildings, Poughkeepsie, NY

These two very long buildings were located on South Road/Route 9 and Neptune Road in Poughkeepsie.  I was told these were formerly IBM buildings.  Based on aerial photos, they were built some time between 1955 and 1970.  The buildings were demolished in 2012 and the site was redeveloped to include several restaurants.

Location:  Google Maps (41.644255, -73.923512)

More information:  Historic Aerial Photos (see 2009 versus 2016)

Goring Hall, Wappingers Falls, NY

This building was located at 5-7 East Main Street in the downtown Village of Wappingers Falls.  The building had a partial collapse on November 22, 2012.  The entire building was demolished the following month.  These are photos after the initial collapse and also during demolition.

According to the Building Inventory Form completed in 1979, the building was built circa 1872 and its history is as follows:  “Goring Hall was upstairs in this building, where various organizations met including the Red Men.  It was also the Village meeting hall at one time.  The downstairs housed a drug store at one time and was also the Post Office.”

More information:  Building Inventory Form (USN 02744.000050)

Location:  Google Maps (41.598630, -73.919394)

Sleight Farm Property, LaGrange, NY

This abandoned farm property is located at 619 Noxon Road in LaGrange.  These buildings are part of a >100 acre farm parcel.  I photographed the house, carriage house, and silo foundation, based on the sketch in the building inventory (mentioned below).  As of 2017 the property may have been sold (it was for sale) because some construction is occurring on the property – namely, the carriage house photographed here has been demolished.

According to the Historic Resource Survey from 1986, the structures on the property date to late 1700s, early 1800s, and middle 1800s, with some outbuilding from the middle-to-late 1800s and early 1900s.

At the October 23, 2013 meeting of the Town of LaGrange Board, a Forest Stewardship Management Plan was submitted to allow for selective cutting of about two acres of trees outside of the restricted areas of the Conservation Easement on the property.  The application was to “cut firewood on the property”, “maintain field edges and fields for crop production”, “keep current farm trails open for access”, “transplant and/or transfer planted conifers”, and “crop tree management for possible future sawtimber production”.  The property was identified as Sleight Farm and owned by the Sleight family.

At the August 18, 2016 meeting of the Town of LaGrange Board, there was an application discussed for a special use permit of the property as the Gray (Vale?) Fox Distillery.  The proposal was to construct the distillery building in the “upper part” of the property.

Location:  Google Maps (41.650374, -73.827479)

Greystone Psychiatric Hospital, Parsippany, NJ

These are photos taken during a tour of the Greystone property lead by the Roebling Chapter of the Society for Industrial Archaeology.  The tour included around some of the main building, various outbuildings, and the former gas plant.  Unfortunately, the main building and surrounding buildings have since been torn down (October 2015).

Location:  GoogleMaps



Central Hudson, Poughkeepsie, NY

These are before and after photos after demolition occurred of gas storage structures on the Central Hudson property along the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, NY. The first two photos show the site in 2012, and the third photo shows the site in 2015. This is the area bordered on the north by Dutchess Avenue and on the east by North Water Street.

Location: Google Map

Jackson House, Fishkill, NY

The Jackson House was located at the southwest quadrant of the intersection of Main Street and Jackson Street in Fishkill, NY. The house was a nineteenth century home of Dutchess County Judge Joseph I. Jackson and part of the Village of Fishkill National Register Historic District. For a time the building served as an office for Mid-Hudson Medical Group (I remember going to it as a child!).

A rear addition to the building was demolished some time between 2011 and 2013, and then the rest of the historic structure was demolished in December 2013. These pictures depict the house in March 2011, March 2013, and then its demolition.

Location: Google Map