Hudson Valley Ruins at the State Museum

Hudson Valley Ruins Robert Yasinsac Sing Sing

Sing Sing State Prison in Ossining, Westchester County, in 2004, by Robert Yasinsac

This could be interesting: A new exhibit -- Hudson Valley Ruins -- opens this Saturday at the State Museum. It includes more than 80 photographs by Robert Yasinsac and Thomas Rinaldi of "forgotten historic sites and cultural treasures in the Hudson River Valley." Blurbage:

The exhibition is based on Yasinsac and Rinaldi's 2006 book, Hudson Valley Ruins: Forgotten Landmarks of an American Landscape. In addition to great river estates, the book and exhibition profiles sites meaningful to everyday life in the Valley: churches, hotels, commercial and civic buildings, mills, and train stations. The exhibition explores many of these abandoned places and also revisits several sites that have changed in the past ten years since the book's publication.
Working together since meeting in 1999, Yasinsac and Rinaldi have photographed more than 500 sites throughout the region. First photographing sites around their childhood homes, they gradually worked farther afield, eventually expanding their scope to cover the entire region between Yonkers and the Capital District. Driven by a sense of urgency to document sites of architectural or cultural significance that seemed poised to disappear, the pair also found beauty in the picturesque decay of these places.

There are a few more photos from the exhibit after the jump.

It will be on display at the State Museum through the end of 2017.

Hudson Valley Ruins Rinaldi Oliver Bronson House

Oliver Bronson House in Hudson, Columbia County, 2002, by Thomas Rinaldi

Hudson Valley Ruins Yasinsac Greycourt

Greycourt in Chester, Orange County, 2013, by Robert Yasinsac

Hudson Valley Ruins  Rinaldi Wyndclyffe

Wyndclyffe in Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, in 2013, by Thomas Rinaldi


This should be really cool. These subjects have been well documented in recent years... but Yasinsac got to many of these sites sooo early - before ease of access brought graffiti, vandalism, and eventually demolition to a lot of these structures.

When I had less fear of authority, Yasinsac and Rinaldi's documented adventures helped me foster an immense appreciation for deteriorating sites around New York. They always had the restraint to not publish the exact location of sensitive sites.

I'll always have a very found memory of dodging security guards at the Mid-Hudson Psychiatric Center in Poughkeepsie. So strange that thousands of people passed through those hallways. Really looking forward to this exhibit.

So funny how when I first glanced at the picture I thought it was Park South apartments that were completed! Similar to how Albany High resembles Leavenworth or a psychiatric hospital. Amazing the differences between the old Albany High architecture and the "new" sad....

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