The Future of Hudson: New Architecture, Preservation and Parks

Featuring Chip Bohl and Matthew Frederick

Let’s talk about what we want Hudson to be 25 years from now. Economic stagnation kept Hudson largely undisturbed 1950-2000. Architectural preservation helped Hudson thrive 2000 to 2020. In the next 25 years, Hudson will grow to a population greater than the early 20th century industrial boom, and Hudson will have greater wealth than the 19th century whaling boom. New architecture, new preservation and new parks can guide the future of Hudson.


Chip Bohl, Architect

Practicing the art of architecture since 1978, Chip Bohl has completed over 400 building projects including private homes, schools and museums. His restoration/preservation projects include: Twin Oaks (1895) the summer home of abolitionist Frederick Douglass in Highland Beach, Maryland, the Maryland Colonial Governor’s Mansion McDowell Hall (1742) and Paul Mellon Hall (1956) by architect Richard Neutra, both at St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland. He recently restored an 1840’s eyebrow colonial farmhouse in Germantown NY, and the Robert Evans Mansion (1887) at 420 Warren Street in Hudson. His work ranges from California, to Merida Mexico, to the Chesapeake Bay, to the Hudson River Valley, and has been featured in the Washington Post, New York Times, Metropolitan Home Magazine, House and Garden Magazine and Architectural Digest.

Chip is a board member of Historic Hudson Inc. working to restore the Oliver Bronson House, and to develop a 100-acre Public Park around it, for the city of Hudson.

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Matthew Frederick is an architect, urban designer, and the author of nine books, including the bestselling architecture book in the world over the past twelve years, 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School. His most recent book, 101 Things I Learned in Urban Design School, was released last year by Penguin Random House. Mr. Frederick has worked on a wide range of projects in his career, from restoring historic buildings to developing large-scale urban masterplans. He lives in Hudson.