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History


251 Allen Street Today...

... and "251" in the early 1960's

The Country Squire B&B at 251 Allen Street is a 21-room Victorian in the Queen Anne style. Built in 1900, it was designed by architect M.J. O'Connor as a rectory. It subsequently served as a convent for the sisters of St. Mary's Academy. In 1930 the house was purchased by the Eigo family and continued to serve five-generations of Eigo/Travers until 2004. After the death of Mim Traver (a former President of the Hudson City Council), the house was sold; renovations for The Country Squire B&B began in May, 2004.

Today the house is once again a single-family residence after having gone through a 70-year succession of adaptations as a multiple-family dwelling. Fortunately nearly all of the original detail that had been removed over the years had been stored away in the basement and back studio. A treasure trove of doors, woodwork, trim, moldings, locks, hinges, doorknobs, and leaded glass panels were re-installed or used for other aspects of the recent restoration. The house features beautiful parquet floors throughout the first and second floors, leaded glass, stained glass, an imposing mahogany stairway, five fireplaces, pocket-doors, 10-foot ceilings and even the original wooden ice boxes in the basement.

These fortuitous finds were the result of the sensitivity of the prior owners who were insightful enough to work around the structure as their needs changed. To them, I am very grateful.

 

About the Architect

Michael J. O'Connor was graduated in 1881 from the School of Mines of Columbia University and three years later from the University's School of Architecture. For more than forty years he was a partner in the firm of Little & O'Connor at 159 East 48th Street in New York City. The firm designed the College of Pharmacy Building at Columbia University, the Scranton, Pennsylvania High School, the H. H. Flagler residence at 32 Park Avenue in New York, and several large country homes  in Great Neck, Long Island. The firm was also responsible for redesigning the exterior of 565 Broadway in 1893.


 

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The Country Squire Bed & Breakfast

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Hudson, NY 12534
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