URBAN SETTING


MISSION #1 – YONKERS POWER PLANT

A brief history…

The Yonkers Power Station of the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad was constructed between 1904 and 1906. It was built as part of the electrification of the rail lines spurred in part by dangerous conditions caused by steam engines and related smoke, and also by the need for a completely new and larger Grand Central Terminal. The brick power house and two smokestacks stand as a solitary beacon to Hudson Valley Ruins as one heads north from New York City. To call this building a ruin, is really a bit unfair however. For it is still structurally sound enough to accommodate some adaptive reuse proposal.

However, current residential development proposals threaten the architectural integrity of the power station. The power stations remains unprotected as local-landmark legislation has been pending since an application was filed in the spring of 2005. In January 2008, the Preservation League of New York State named the Yonkers Power Station as one of its Seven to Save Most Endangered properties in New York State.

Personal history….

I have assisted on two commercial photo shoots at this abandoned factory. Unfortunately because I was being paid I was not allowed to explore the entire building. When we recently went back to Glenwood I made sure to not leave any inch unturned. The entire building has this ominious presence. Some sections are spooky, damp and dusty. While other sections are grand, majestic and beautifully lit. Towards the end of the mission we found our way to the roof. It was a bright sunny day so you were able to see far along the hudson river. The wind was strong that day so I made sure to not spend to much time on the roof.

MISSION  STATUS – SUCCESS

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Engaging images. It has a life after life that you capture. Are you planning missions for the other Seven Most Endangered properties?

Comment by stefan becker

So many wonders…who designed and built these buildings?
Why did they choose this site?
Who worked there?
How did they get to work?
Who screened and hired those men and women?
How did hey get paid?
What were the working conditions?
Was it a happy place to work?
Who cleaned it each night?
Who dug the foundations for the building?
How did they get to work/
Why did it close?
To many more to imagine…thanks for the stimulation & wonder

Comment by dennis b.

There is so much beauty in that most would think is gone…

Comment by KRBecker

Love the pictures-Old buildings are some of my favorites-As they say-If the Walls could talk!!!The past,the present and the Potential!!

Comment by Anita Crookshank

Love the pictures. How did you get access? I am haunted by the exterior of this building.

Comment by quotidianhudsonriver

fairly easy…there’s holes in gates and a lil climbing.

Comment by Timothy Becker

I love your work. Excellent shots! I recently got into urban/abandoned photography and would love to make a trip back up with my camera. I was pressed for time while scouting so I couldn’t pinpoint an entry. In order to make my trip efficient and safe could you tell me in respects to the river and the tracks, how exactly I’d get in. Email me if you’d like to keep this info confidential for whatever reason. Thankyou for sharing!

Comment by Hugo




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