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)

Former Arthur S. May School, Poughkeepsie, NY

This school was most recently known as the Arthur S. May Elementary School.  Previously it was simply the Arlington Elementary School, and it was originally the first high school for the Arlington Central School District.  The building was built in 1924.  The school is located on Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie, NY.  The school district stopped using this location in June 2014 and moved the name of the school (Arthur S. May) to a nearby building.  The property is now for sale, as of 2017.

I particularly liked photographing the “Boys” and “Girls” entrance signs, and also the various staircases throughout the building.  It was kind of sad to read the final goodbye notes on the white boards, especially the principal’s (“pack my office”).

Location:  Google Maps (25 Raymond Avenue)

Westervelt Family Cemetery, Poughkeepsie, NY

The family cemetery for the Westervelts is located on Route 9 (a.k.a. South Road or Albany Post Road) in Poughkeepsie, NY just north of IBM road, cattycorner to the location of the building known as the Westervelt house, which was demolished in 2017 and the property is being redeveloped as a bank.

Unfortunately some vandalism has occurred at the cemetery property.  Please be respectful of the property and to those who are buried there!

Location: Google Maps (41.652050, -73.928717)

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