Timeline

1811     

Hudson merchant Samuel Plumb buys 263 acres of land in the South Bay from the estate of Thomas Jenkins (one of the original Hudson Proprietors) to build a country seat.

1812

Plumb’s new Federal villa is completed.

1819

Irish artist William Guy Wall (Hudson River Portfolio) paints a watercolor view of the Plumb estate silhouetted against Mount Merino and the Catskills beyond.

1835

Plumb sells his estate to Dr. Robert G. Frary (Mayor of Hudson at the time) who subdivides the property.

1838

Dr. Oliver Bronson, of the city of New York, buys the house on 80 acres.

1839

Likely on the advice of his brother-in-law Robert Donaldson, Dr. Bronson hires Alexander Jackson Davis to “refit” Plumb’s original Federal-style house.  Davis extends the eaves and adds decorative brackets, an ornamental verandah (east elevation), and stables in a picturesque style.

1849

A.J. Davis returns to design a major addition on the West Elevation consisting of a three-story Italianate tower with two-story semi-octagonal wings and a second ornamental verandah in the picturesque style.  In the same year, Dr. Bronson adds 29 acres to his holdings.

1854

Dr. Bronson sells the estate to Hudson merchant Frederick Fitch Folger who renames the property “Glenwood.”

1864

Mary Whitney Phoenix, widow of prominent NYC merchant and U.S Senator Jonas Phillips Phoenix, purchases “Glenwood” from Folger and uses the property as a summer home.

1876

Mary Whitney Phoenix dies.

1883

John F. McIntyre purchases the estate.

1915

McIntyre estate sold by Elizabeth McIntyre to the adjoining New York State Training School for Girls.

1926

NYS Training School for Girls Annual Report describes conversion of McIntyre house into residence for Superintendent and a Social Center.  Labor is provided by women prisoners.

1972

Last prison Superintendent leaves the house.  House is abandoned.

1973  

Property listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

2003  

Dr. Oliver Bronson House & Estate is designated a National Historic Landmark.

2008

Historic Hudson, Inc. enters into a 30 year lease to restore and operate the Dr. Oliver Bronson House.

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1 thought on “Timeline”

  1. Actually, I believe that John Bradford McIntyre bought the house in 1883. I have a few pictures of him if you would like them. He was the second (in 1843) of 7 children born to John MacDonald & Matilda Bradford McIntyre. He bought the house for his sisters Elizabeth and Matilda McIntyre.
    I also have pictures of them, if you’d like them. John Bradford was my mother’s grandfather.

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