Category Archives: Brewster

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.

 

Gail Borden’s Condensed Milk

Source: Oblong to the Hudson by Harry Wirth; 1976

Information here is for archival purposes, and is not current

Brewster

Gail Borden, once appointed mayor of Galveston, Texas by Sam Houston, later spent his life savings securing the patent on an 1853 invention which made condensed milk. He opened his first factory in Amenia, where due to the demand raised by the Civil War, he soon became a millionaire. In 1865 he built his second plant on the shore of the Croton River in Brewster, on a former mill site. The present structure was built by Borden’s son, John, in 1879.