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Hudson Valley Ruins: Forgotten Landmarks of an American Landscape Hardcover – September 29, 2006
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“The most beautiful and historical of America's big waterways, the Hudson River has for almost four centuries reflected the political and economic development of an entire continent. Hudson Valley Ruins tells of the factories, railroad stations, quaint estates, department stores, brickyards and other historic structures near its banks that are now threatened by redevelopment and argues elegantly and persuasively that we need to save them. Bravo." (Kenneth T. Jackson, Jacques Barzun Professor of History, Columbia University)
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The inherent value in this book is that it celebrates the rapidly eroding underbelly of the rich history of the HRV by looking at its ignored mansions, buildings, factories, and even a prison.
While there are satisfying views of these monuments to history/ urban decay, I wish there were more. I love this stuff and I am interested in architectural preservation and (unfortunately) its downside. If I can get access to these places, I inevitably will visit exercising caution. When I can't , books along this vein prove to be the next best thing.
I found this book to be immensely interesting with its high attention to detail and history as well as its photographs. I'm returning to the HRV soon, and plan to go off the road more traveled and enjoy the less known treasures before they disappear from the American landscape.
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Thomas Rinaldi, was a childhood friend of my oldest son. Thomas was always interested in the older buildings in Pleasant Valley, so I knew that my husband would love this book. Read morePublished 13 months ago by J. Smith
One of the most amazing books I've ever read! I want to save all these great places! I need a new copie as my stupid cat peed on mine!Published on June 26, 2014 by arrrrosi
Some people have this sickness, this problem, this personality disorder where they are compelled to find, explore and carefully photograph abandoned places. Read morePublished on December 21, 2012 by David A. Steinberg
THIS BOOK TAKES YOU BACK TO A PAST WE ALL SEEM TO FORGET BUT NEED TO REMEMBER ITS AN AMERICAN PAGE IN TIME AND WORTH THE DAYDREAM.Published on March 2, 2012 by Vincent Costantino
Thomas Rinaldi and Robert Yasinsac do an excellent job at illustrating the history and current state of many abandoned and forgotten buildings throughout the Hudson Valley. Read morePublished on October 26, 2011 by Patrick J.
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. Read morePublished on September 2, 2010 by Jonatales