c. 1820 Federal in Hudson, NY

Added to OHD on 2/6/20   -   Last OHD Update: 10/25/20   -   15 Comments
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National Register

14 Fabiano Blvd, Hudson, NY 12534

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  • $349,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 1.5 Bath
  • 3180 Sq Ft
  • 2.11 Ac.
East-view or as it is locally known, The Old Turtle House, one of the most distinguished examples of Federal architecture in the Hudson area, awaits your vision. Much original detail remains but considerable restoration is needed. This elegant brick structure is sited on over 2 acres, and only minutes to downtown and Warren Street. Now is your opportunity to bring this unique and historic landmark back into the limelight.
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Jonathan Hallam, Kinderhook Group
(518) 392-8040
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15 Comments on c. 1820 Federal in Hudson, NY

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  1. PaulPaul says: 103 comments
    Arlington, VA

    Just a note. The same porticos are on both the back and front as seen in aerial view. Photo #9 on realtor.com shows different doors too. Which I believe is the streetview side. Beautiful unusual house. Wish they showed the entire curved staircase.

  2. JimHJimH says: 5103 comments
    OHD Supporter

    A famously quirky house built for Capt. Joab Center (1777-1857), a builder and operator of some of the earliest steamboats on the Hudson River. The house was the center of a large farm estate, the land purchased from the Van Hoesen family who had owned it since 1657.
    “Unquestionably designed by a talented architect or master builder whose identity is unknown, the design of the Turtle House borrows French and English elements transformed into a truly American architectural statement” – National Register nomination.
    The house is essentially as built with minor alterations, but was surrounded by a suburban development in the 1950’s. Since 1998 it was the home of antiques expert Zane Z. Studenroth, who died last year and some of his collection remains.


    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6692 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      >The house is essentially as built with minor alterations
      I’m shocked that the center bay, (and it’s – gable?), are original to this house.
      > famously quirky
      I should say so! Heheheh. That’s one of the oddest things I’ve ever seen.

      Thanks’ Jim.

    • TammyTammy says: 12 comments
      Simpsonville, KY

      Okay the name of the Captain makes me love it even more. My last name is Center. Married name. I wonder if he is an ancestor to my Husband.

  3. JkleebJkleeb says: 294 comments
    Seattle, WA

    I have been fascinated about this house for years and was aware that it appeared some maintenance was delayed in recent years. I hope it gets a preservation minded new owner who can maintain it into the future. It is so fanciful I have always wondered how the design process resulted in so unusual a house.

  4. Gregory_KGregory_K says: 457 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Chatsworth, CA

    This is genuinely upsetting. This is a famous house, noted for the bowed front and it’s corresponding porch, and the delicacy of the details. There are so many historic houses that we take for granted, that are now in serious danger. This house is in the same condition as the Gothic house in Connecticut, and the Wedding Cake House in Kennebunk. The Bow and Arrow House in Alfred, Maine, has been stripped of the wrought iron bows and arrows, which may have been sold off to antique dealers. This is very depressing. We need a quick reaction fund, so homes like these care be properly secured against architectural fittings thieves, vandals and arsonists.

    • CarebearCarebear says: 1143 comments
      OHD Supporter

      There should be some kind of federal law, to prevent the stripping of adornments and such, from old houses! I wonder if we could ever get some kind of National Trust program, such as England has here. I know here, the government often gets left property and houses, in wills, and they make historical sites or parks of them, but I’d love a National Trust type program. But, with National Parks being legally encroached on for oil and gas prospecting and such, I suppose protecting these wonderful old houses is not gonna happen.

  5. RavennaGRLRavennaGRL says: 75 comments

    Well said to all the above comments. A one of a kind house!

  6. CarebearCarebear says: 1143 comments
    OHD Supporter

    This house reminds me of Hyde Park, in a way. The brick, and the front, i guess. I love the way the two front doors are not centered, but off the the side. I love that grey mantel! So unusual a color. Too bad some developer got ahold of the land. This house must look like a jewel siting in a box of granite chips.
    I love the front. The top of the portico reminds me of a tiara.

  7. AmyBeeAmyBee says: 698 comments

    Builder Joab Center’s grave with photo of house:

  8. celesteceleste says: 54 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Ooh! More pictures on Trulia!

  9. AmyBeeAmyBee says: 698 comments

    SOLD 9/10/2020 (Realtor).


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