Historian has little hope for saving old house in Greenport
May 08, 2019 12:31 am
Jeanette Wolfberg reports in the Columbia Paper the Farrand House, with Gothic Revival architecture from the late 1800s, may get torn down in Greenport to make way for a strip mall. Historian and real estate sales agent Paul Barrett said April 11 in remarks to the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Series that plans call for demolishing the Farrand House, and moving the McDonald’s on Fairview Avenue. The house was owned by Arthur Farrand, the secretary-treasurer of Commercial Storage Company in Hudson, a director of the Hudson River Trust Company, and one of the people responsible for Oakdale Lake. Farrand committed suicide in the house in 1924. The State Historic Preservation Office says the Farrand House is eligible for state and national historic registers. At the history lecture a man in the audience asked, “Is saving the building a possibility?” and Barrett replied, “That depends on the community.” The man then asked, “Is there any community leadership to save it?” and Barrett said, "No." Read the full story in the Columbia Paper.