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YWCA: 1906

YWCA: 1906

Poughkeepsie, New York, circa 1906. "Young Women's Christian Association." And, presumably, a young Christian woman at the door. View full size.

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Does Not Survive

A bit of research pegged the address for the YWCA building to be 56 Cannon Street. The building survived into the 60s, and then became the victim of urban renewal. The site is now a parking lot.

The YWCA that inhabited the building itself expired last decade, leaving unpaid taxes.


A very tidy design with just enough ornamentation to give the basic structure individuality. Very nice. Simply works!

Such a beautiful building

Can't imagine anything even remotely close to this being built today.

Frequent droppings

Looks like there had been a few carriage stops out front dropping off the ladies.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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