Part of our job in the development of The Barlow’s website is to provide our website designer with all the information they will need to construct/code the site. (BTW – we got a sneak peek at the preliminary home page…AMAZING!). Pictures and descriptions of the guest rooms, listing of our Privilege Partners, creating of the points of interest for Google Maps and more are all necessary to create a user-friendly and informative site.
An often overlooked category is “History”. History? Yes, because what we have found in our short time being open is that people – guests and non-guests alike – are very interested to know about the building itself. So thanks to Carole Osterink, known locally as the guru behind The Gossips of Rivertown (a fantastic blog if you want to know what’s going on in Hudson), we were directed to start at the Office of Deeds at the Columbia County Clerk’s office. And so started my research.
Nothing really exciting until 1926. On November 24 a massive fire broke out at the Farmer’s National Bank at 544 Warren Street, right next door to The Barlow (at the time known as the Harder Building). According to an article in the Albany NY Evening Journal the fire started around 3:00 and “gutted the building”. The Harder Building sustained substantial damage as seen in the picture at right.
Continuing the research we’ll see what else we can find…