State historic preservation awards in Sullivan, Dutchess counties

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ALBANY – The Beaverkill Covered Bridge rehabilitation in the Town of Rockland and the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory in the City of Poughkeepsie have been named state Historic Preservation Award winners.

Beaverkill Covered Bridge

Poughkeepsie Underware Factory (before restoration)

The Beaverkill Covered Bridge was built in 1865 to span the upper Beaverkill Creek and helped provide access to a region that was nearly impassable until its construction.
In the 1990s, the Friends of the Beaverkill Community formed to advocate for the preservation of several threatened historic sites in the Beaverkill Valley. The covered bridge was the group’s top priority. A massive effort by several organizations and the state led to the restoration of the bridge.
The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory was built in 1874 and served as the location for several manufacturing businesses. By the late 20th century, the factory was vacant and in need of rehabilitation and reuse. Hudson River Housing stepped forward with state and local partners to transform the building into affordable apartment and commercial space.