New Year comes the promise of change - change in our personal lives in the form of resolutions and goals, but also change in the community in which we live. Already within the first few days of the year, I am struck by the impending change of what might be considered the heart of downtown Hudson - the vacant properties at the corner of Clinton and Main streets, formerly Hattie's and Citizen's Bank.
In the July 2013 issue of Inside Hudson, Tom Vince published an informative article about the history of the bank building (the 1839 Brewster Store) and its relationship to the corner shared with the Saywell's Drug building (former home of Hattie's) and the Clock Tower, built in 1912-1913 as part of benefactor James Ellsworth's effort to revitalize the then struggling village of Hudson. Fifty years later, in 1962, the Hudson Heritage Association was founded to preserve and protect this very same corner when it was threatened with "modernization" that would have forever altered the appearance of downtown Hudson.
What a shame it is 50 years later to see vacant properties at this crossroads of our Village Green. My New Year's wish is that the new owners and inhabitants of these significant structures as well as all future patrons will appreciate their important contributions to the character of our historic downtown. Each has unique qualities that help create the vibrant, dynamic community we love and call home.
Julie Ann Hancsak,
Incoming President of Hudson Heritage