This historic house overlooking the Hudson River in Newburgh, Newburgh was built circa 1840 by William C. Hasbrouck (1800-1870). Hasbrouck, a prominent lawyer and politician of his time is said to have built the house for his son, Brigadier General, Henry C. Hasbrouck (1839-1910), West Point graduate who fought in Civil War, Spanish American War, and the Modoc War during the Spring of 1873. In 1887, Henry became Commandant of West Point and retired from active duty in 1902.
Rumor has it that during the Hasbrouck’s ownership, the house hosted historic figures like Jefferson Davis, Henry Clay, and Japan’s General Ito.
The William C. Hasbrouck house is a good example of the Italianate style. Its Tuscan villa appearance is quite similar to Design IX in A.J. Downing’s Cottage Residences. In 1969, it was documented by the Historic American Buildings Survey during a time the house was vacant and in a state of deterioration. Luckily, it has since been restored and occupied as a private residence.
Images of America: Newburgh by Kevin Barrett
Historic American Buildings Survey
Henry Cornelius Hasbrouck