The Mill at Middletown

Adaptive reuse of a former hat factory in Middletown, New York, along with a new, attached addition has brought 42 units of affordable housing and ground-floor commercial space to this Hudson Valley community. A one-story brick annex building was repurposed into a community space. Because elements of the complex were deemed eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, AKRF coordinated with the New York State Historic Preservation Office pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Our work included the preparation of a feasibility study to evaluate the potential of adaptively reusing all the historic buildings on the property; identifying appropriate measures to mitigate adverse impacts to the property resulting from the demolition of the outbuildings; preparing the Section 106 Memorandum of Agreement; and preparing Historic American Buildings Survey documentation for the property.

AKRF also prepared the project’s historic resources Construction Protection Plan and collaborated with the project’s architects to develop an interpretive display that provides a history of the site, which is included in the lobby of the renovated factory building.

(Top image: Completed restoration | Photo: Amy Barkow – Barkow Photo)

Existing building before restoration

1877 Barlow’s Insurance Survey Siteplan | American Textile History Museum, Lowell, MA

Interpretive wall exhibit on display in lobby of restored building

Awards & Honors
  • 2019 SARA New York Council Award of Merit
  • 2017 Brick Industry Association Brick in Architecture Awards
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