Dutchess County Office Building, Poughkeepsie, NY

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The Dutchess County Office Building is a mid-century corporate-style block on Market Street in downtown Poughkeepsie. Built in 1965-67 and opened by HUD secretary Robert C. Weaver, it came at a time when urban renewal was rapidly changing the face of Poughkeepsie. This building was seen as a way to keep people in declining downtown but as evidenced, did not work as expected. Today, the city center is still struggling and in 2012 the city demolished the historic Nelson House Hotel, located to the immediate left of the office building due to deteriorated conditions.

IMG_0777I was not able to determine the architect of this building and there is little to discuss about the structure that is not immediate apparent, except perhaps the war memorial to the left of the front entrance. The Dutchess County building does bear a passing resemblance to the nearby Ulster County Office Building across the river and the dates are similar, so perhaps this could be the work of the regional Schrowang family firm?

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