Written by admin on Jul 8th, 2013 in Past Projects

historic-structures-inventory1The Rondout Historic Structures Inventory is an ongoing project of the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History.  Its purpose is to recapture as much of the day to day life and vitality of Rondout, building by building,  as can be reconstructed from the archival record and oral history.

“For me,” explains curator, Geoffrey Miller, “the past has always walked the streets of Rondout alongside the present.  From the waterfront north to McEntee Street, the buzz from the astonishing level of commercial activity that once defined Rondout is still alive for those who take the time to stop and listen.  So, too, are the ripples in time set in motion by the many mundane tasks of daily life, from someone brushing their hair in front of a mirror in an upstairs apartment in 1885, to a merchant making change in a butcher shop down the block in 1910.”

View of Rondout from Hasbrouck Park looking west, c. 1888.  The Reher Center building is marked by the circle.  The entire neighborhood in the foreground, up to the Bakery, was demolished by Urban Renewal in the 1960s.  Courtesy of Jack Matthews

View of Rondout from Hasbrouck Park looking west, c. 1888. The Reher Center building is marked by the circle. The entire neighborhood in the foreground, up to the Bakery, was demolished by Urban Renewal in the 1960s. Courtesy of Jack Matthews

The Reher Center Committee wishes to thank City Planner, Suzanne Cahill, for the opportunity to present this aspect of the Reher Center’s ongoing work to the public, and the staffs of the City Planner, City Assessor and Building Safety Division offices for their help in assembling the data from city records.

 

Curator: Geoffrey Miller

Artistic Director: Susan Basch

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