Monthly Archives: May 2013

Beekman Arms

Source: Oblong to the Hudson by Harry Wirth; 1976

Information here is for archival purposes, and is not current

Route 9. Rhinebeck

As a regular 18th century stagecoach stop between New York and Albany, the Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck is among the oldest of American hotels still fulfilling its original purpose. Built in 1700 by William Traphangen, the inn, originally known as Bogardus Tavern, hosted such famed Revolutionary personages as Washington, Hamilton and Lafayette. During the early 19th century, the Beekman Arms served as headquarters for Governor Morgan Lewis.

 

Bannerman’s Castle

Source: Oblong to the Hudson by Harry Wirth; 1976

Information here is for archival purposes, and is not current

Pollepel Island

Bannerman’s Castle was built around 1900 by Francis Bannerman, who desired a Scottish castle for a summer retreat. Bannerman ran a Spanish American War surplus business in Blue Point, Long Island. Later, the castle became a storage facility for the family business. It was sold to New York State in 1967 and was gutted by fire shortly afterwards.

Southeast Museum

Source: Oblong to the Hudson by Harry Wirth; 1976

Information here is for archival purposes, and is not current

Main Street. Brewster

The Southeast Museum, formerly the Southeast Town Hall, is typical of municipal architecture of the 1890’s. Arched windows, ornate classical columns and a balustrade over a substantial entrance reflect a revival of the Baroque and monumental elements. The Arabesque arches over the dormers are a peculiar touch and echo the later Nineteenth Century’s interest in Eastern and near-Eastern exotica.