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Hudson Valley Ruins: Forgotten Landmarks of an American Landscape Hardcover – September 29, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 356 pages
  • Publisher: UPNE; annotated edition edition (September 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584655984
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584655985
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Hudson Valley Ruins] takes a middle road between the extravagant picture-book of erstwhile luxury estates and the scholarly architectural catalog, giving overviews of endangered sites by region, and telling in detail the life stories of several properties in each area. The "ruins" encompass not only empty mansions but also the detritus of commerce: cement mines, gargantuan icehouses, the submerged hulks of steamboats, even an early electric-power station. These histories are individually riveting and cumulatively alarming. One rushes through these place-portraits to find out whether the architectural protagonist makes it in the end, or dies owing to neglect or ruthlessness. Hudson Valley Ruins reminds us of the callous disregard of the future for today's wealth and power, no matter how grand. One may keep up with the Joneses, perhaps, but not with the onslaught of time."—Newsday

"Up and down the Hudson Valley region lie countless abandoned buildings, slowly rotting and decaying over time. These old factories, homes, schools, train stations, and more have long since been forgotten, or, if they haven't, are currently being remodeled or torn down. Hudson Valley Ruins brings these places back to life...For each site, the authors include a detailed history of the location and outline its current condition. The authors' text reveals the extensive history of New York; it also underlines the importance of these buildings and the authors' hopes for their restoration and preservation... Recommended.—Library Journal

"In Hudson Valley Ruins: Forgotten Landmarks of an American Landscape, preservationists Thomas E. Rinaldi and Robert J. Yasinsac share their fascination with the dozens of once grand—but now abandoned—buildings and sites that dot the Hudson River landscape. Enhanced with hundreds of telling black and white photographs, the book describes the historical and architectural significance of the ruins, which range from majestic river estates to the former factories, while capturing the flavor of a bygone era."—Hudson Valley Magazine

"Meticulously researched and full of evocative photographs, this is a yearning ode to our vanishing architectural heritage."—Chronogram

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“Ruins have always fascinated us with their power to open windows into vanished worlds. In this book, informative prose and evocative photographs show us that the crumbling remains of the Hudson Valley’s past, from 18th-century farmhouses to 20th-century factories, can be just as interesting – and haunting – as those of ancient Egypt and Rome.” (Richard Moe)

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This is a very well researched book too.
C. Crittenden
This book is full of information about declining structures in the HUdson Valley...some I knew and some I had not heard of or seen.
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One of the most amazing books I've ever read!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bomojaz on November 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Ruins (mainly abandoned buildings): eyesores or "romantic embodiments of a historical past"? The authors, in this superbly written and magnificently illustrated book, argue passionately for the latter, and have chosen 85 sites found in the Hudson Valley between Albany and Yonkers to prove their point. Old mansions, mills, manufacturing plants, railroad stations, even Sing Sing prison are described in historical detail and lovingly photographed; scores of black and white photos and a center section of nearly 20 color prints accompany the text. And it's the text that really makes this a stand-out book in the field of local history: the historical sketches for most of the sites are thorough and elaborate in scope. In tracing these ruins of the Hudson Valley, which are many and varied, the authors also trace the history of "ruin appreciation" itself, from early artistic projections to modern debates over urban renewal vs. preservation. This is local history at its best.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Penumbral Shadow on August 28, 2007
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This book is chock full of information about abandonded places(obviously within the Hudson Valley Region). I honestly wish there were some more detailed photographs of some of these places, but i imagine i might be able to find them on the internet somewhere.Dont get me wrtong There are alot of photographs of the locations and places, and a color plate section in the center but they are like brief narriations of places that could be shown in so much more detail. I can honestly recommend this book to anyone interested in urban decay, preservation of old places, or interested in those abandonded places from times past. Urban Explorers might also find this book of some use as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By IFUBIOK on September 15, 2008
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For Westchester County history buffs, this is a well documented book that is easy to read and informative. If you've attended Kings College in the early years as I have, you will appreciate the section on the now non-existant Briarcliff Lodge.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Crittenden on February 14, 2008
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If you have a love of the Hudson River Valley and you wonder what happened to structures you've heard about, but can't find, then you'll enjoy this book. I was also fascinated to learn of buildings I never knew existed and what is being done to save some derelict buildings still standing that are near collapse. This is a very well researched book too. I'd call this a savory read if old structures or the Hudson River shoreline is of interest to you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Floss on July 4, 2012
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This book is full of information about declining structures in the HUdson Valley...some I knew and some I had not heard of or seen. The photography is excellent, and the text informative and well written. Good descriptions of what is left of structures from the past secondary to the changing tastes and needs of an ever evolving lifestyle and its needs. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of the Hudson Valley. Another good buy from Amazon. I liked this book very much and it will be a part of my library for future reference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonatales on September 2, 2010
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Ruins may describe some of the buildings covered in this book, but truly the places featured here all tell tales of our legacy life along the Hudson. The book offers the most comprehensive historic documentation of the region's man made heritage around. And what a heritage! The authors cull from the buildings engaging stories of what went before us and why it is worth preserving.
This is especially valuable as some people continue to change our landscapes thoughtlessly. Plus, the authors continue to preserve the "ruins' with an on going website, photo documenting and logging in current beautiful buildings today. [...]
The book is touching and fun.
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