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.
Location: Google Maps (41.701587, -73.917948)