We are revisiting 286 Grand Street but, this time as a building in need of rescuing. As mentioned in a comment the last time we looked at the building, a plaque says the building is a Stanford White design in 1891 and the name of the building is “The Arno”. According to the Portrait and Biographical Record of Orange County the builder was an Irishman named Hugh McLernon.
This building is truly an architectural treasure in the City of Newburgh. Stanford White and his firm designed some very important structures like: the Second Madison Square Garden, the Washington Square Arch and many other large scaled breathtaking buildings. And now, we have this humble by comparison apartment building in Newburgh also designed by White. Humble, but yet oh so important. It has been said that White’s design principles embodied the “American Renaissance“. And, if you really love history read into the scandalous life and murder of Stanford White.
The building is being sold as a short sale for $175,000. It is vacant and from the looks of the current picture, it is also decaying rapidly. This would be an excellent building to be restored. An idea could be to make the building into a co-op with 4 owners. As you can see from this original picture from the late 1890’s each floor originally had its own rear balcony. Many of the detailed stained glass windows have still survived. It is about time buildings like these in Newburgh fall into the hands of restoration-minded individuals who will work to preserve the structure and not erase its historical past by stripping away every detail.
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Plaque Photo ©Catherine Mouttet
1890’s Photo ©Newburgh; Her Institutions, Industries and Leading Citizens