Trolley Barn

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Poughkeepsie, New York, US

Between 1874 and 1935, the City of Poughkeepsie’s historic Trolley Barn housed a fleet of horse-powered and later electric trolley cars that carried residents and shoppers along Main Street to the Hudson River, Vassar College, and nearby Wappingers Falls. After the city switched to buses, this unique structure became a garage and then an auto parts store before falling into disuse. Today, Poughkeepsie is breathing new life into this historic node, attracting visitors and residents alike back into the Middle Main neighborhood through the arts.

Beginning in the fall of 2017, the Hudson Valley Design Lab partnered with Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, Hudson River Housing, and Liscum McCormick Vanhoorhis Architects to reimagine the Trolley Barn as an arts center and event space, dedicated to inclusively catalyzing reinvestment along Main Street. The project team worked closely with members of the community to develop possible programming schema alongside local artists and nonprofits. The Trolley Barn project received an initial grant from NeighborWorks America to renovate the front portion of the building, and later went on to receive funds from the Restore New York Communities Initiative to complete the building’s transformation into a multi-cultural center for arts programming and events. The Trolley Barn is scheduled to open in early 2019.

Project Details

41.7004, -73.921

Location: Poughkeepsie, NY

Year: 2017

Status: Completed

Program: Arts programming and Event space

Services: Community Outreach and Schematic Design

Hudson River Housing, Mid-Hudson Heritage Center

Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, Hudson River Housing, Liscum McCormick Vanhoorhis