One of the city’s located in New York’s Hudson Valley is Poughkeepsie. With it’s beautiful fall colors, snow covered winter wonderlands and the many flowers that bloom in the spring, Poughkeepsie NY is quite the picturesque little city but one thing that makes it stand out from other city’s are the much older buildings mostly Gothic themed throughout it. Everywhere you seem to look there is a building that looks as if it has a magnificent story to tell.
One of my personal favorite buildings to look at is the Church Of The Holy Comforter located at 18 Davies Street Poughkeepsie NY 12601. Built in 1860 and still looking great. The Holy Comforter is a Catholic affiliated church built cruciform style with walls made of local blue-stone. The building have been well maintained, with all it’s original pews still in place. On April 13th 1972 is was added to the National Register Of Historic Places.
The Italian Center located at 227 Mill St is also a very interesting building to look at. Built Queen Anne style in 1857 it was slowly expanded and renovated over a thirty year time period into the building it is today with only one more renovation taking place in the 1960’s which added a hard to notice rear wing, the house is built mainly in red brick. The Italian center which formed in 1928 bought the house that same year and uses it still today. In 1972 it was put into the National Register Of Historic Places.
First Baptist Church located at 260 Mill St is a very nice looking building but it does seem almost a tiny bit creepy. The building was built in 1975 Gothic Revival style in redbrick. The building was put into the National Register Of Historic Places in 2001.
Another church on the list is St Paul’s Episcopal located at 161 Mansion St. The front of the building looks like the front of a castle. Built in 1970 church style with stone, it has been expanded three times to make more space for more congregate. In 2003 a small fire slightly damaged the building but has been repaired since then. In 1982 it was added to the National Register Of Historic Places.
The New York State Armory located at 61-65 Market Street was built in 1891. It was built Romanesque style out of red brick and rusticated sandstone. Currently home to the New York National Guard. Franklin D. Roosevelt once had a birthday party there. In 1982 it was added to the National Register Of Historic Places.
Home to the most interesting buildings in Poughkeepsie is Vassar College. Building started in 1861 and completed in 1865 with a few added buildings since then none though the way they were first constructed. It is located at 124 Raymond Avenue Poughkeepsie 12604. There are numerous buildings on the campus many new and contemporary and most of the older ones. The original campus buildings make you think you are looking at a castle out of another time. A few of the original buildings were added into the National Register Of Historic Places, college observatory in 1991; the institute in 1972 and Warner Row in 1982 and lastly Springside in 1969.
Poughkeepsie is just another city the same as others but when you take a look around and see some of the imaginative detail and hard work it took to put into these beautiful buildings you can not help but appreciate them. It is nice to see some very old buildings can stand the test of time. Most buildings are now made with no detail, no story to tell they offer nothing aesthetically pleasing.