Kingston in Ulster County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The West Strand
This row of nineteenth buildings is all that remains of a once thriving river port commercial center. The Mansion House at the corner of Broadway, once a 100 room stage stop and hotel, offered modest accommodations to travelers and canallers. The remaining buildings on the row were constructed between 1855 and the 1870’s, and are excellent examples of Italianate mixed commercial / residential structures built with iron frames and brick or stone facades. Today the row is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as is much of the surrounding neighborhood.
Look at the buildings across the street and find the architectural details illustrated on the left. Those decorations help determine the style of a structure and often indicate its time of construction. For example, compare the more picturesque Italianate window tops at 21 W. Strand with the plain stone lintels found on the older buildings at 11 W. Strand.
Erected by Kingston Urban Cultural Park.
Location. 41° 55.066′ N, 73° 59.011′ W. Marker is Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kingston NY 12401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sampson Opera House (a few steps from this marker); The Rondout Creek Suspension Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Island Dock (within shouting distance of this marker); Rondout (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); New York State’s Heritage Area System (about 300 feet away); The Delaware and Hudson Canal (about 300 feet away); 20th New York State Militia (about 300 feet away); Louis Caterino (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kingston.
More about this marker. The bottom of the marker contains a photo from the Edwin Ford Collection of the row of buildings. Next to this are illustrations of types of architectural details. These include ornate “bracket”; full, round-arched window; half-round or ‘segmental’ arch; and rectangular stone ‘lintel’.
Categories. • Notable Buildings •
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 7, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 281 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 7, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.