Library Announces Selection of Architect for Armory Project

Armory 51 North Fifth St Hudson NY 12534The Hudson Area Library and the Galvan Foundation announced today the selection of Vincent Benic Architect (VBA) to design the new library in the Drill Shed of the Armory, located at North 5th St. and State Streets in Hudson. VBA, based in New York City, was founded in 1993 and specializes in architectural and planning services for institutional, educational and ecclesiastical projects. The firm has completed over fifteen library projects, many of which include the adaptive reuse and preservation of historic structures. It brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in all phases of architecture as well as extensive work in creating 21st century library facilities. For more information, visit


The partners in the project expect to begin work on the design process immediately. In the first phase of the project, VBA will produce design concepts that will be presented to the Galvan Foundation and the Board of the Library for feedback. Once a design has been agreed upon, VBA will develop detailed plans and cost estimates before seeking proposals from building contractors. The design process is expected to be completed in early 2013. Once the construction team is in place, a full construction schedule will be completed and made public.


As a joint project, the Galvan Foundation has committed $1.25 million for the renovations of the Armory. The Library is responsible for the furniture, fixtures, and equipment to bring the new space to life as a library. The budget assumed by the library for this work is $500K. The Library’s fundraising plans will be announced later this year.

Mark Orton, President of the Board of Trustees, commented: “We are excited that this project is moving ahead to the phase of design and construction. The commitment of the Galvan Foundation in time, energy, and money is obviously essential to meeting our objective of creating a 21st century library that can act as a center for learning and community activities into the future.”

Tom Swope, Executive Director of the Galvan Foundation said: “The selection of VBA as the architect for transforming the drill shed for use by the Hudson Area Library is a significant milestone and we are excited to be moving forward with this project.”

Vincent Benic commented: “It’s a great privilege for VBA to work on such an important project in a building that is so embedded in local history and architectural significance. We look forward to working with the board of the Library, the Galvan Foundation and the communities of Hudson, Greenport and Stockport on this exciting project.”


The Hudson Area Library was founded in 1959 and is currently located in a historic, federal style building at 400 State Street that was built in 1818. The mission of the Library is to enrich the quality of life in the chartered service area by providing educational, recreational, aesthetic, cultural and informational programs, services, and materials to all our citizens regardless of age, gender, race, religion, or socioeconomic status. For more information visit

Galvan Charitable Trust and Galvan Initiatives Foundation was founded by T. Eric Galloway and Henry van Ameringen and began operations in January 2012. Its mission is to improve and enhance the quality of life for all Hudson residents, especially those most vulnerable or economically disadvantaged. The Foundation operates a grant making program providing financial support to charitable organizations operating in the City of Hudson. The Foundation also uses architectural preservation and conservation to participate in and encourage initiatives that strengthen the social fabric of the City of Hudson by promoting the provision of affordable housing, social services, cultural activities, and economic opportunity for residents of Hudson. For more information visit

The Hudson Armory was completed in 1898 and used to house a unit of the New York State Army National Guard. It was designed by architect Isaac G. Perry and its style reflects the influence of medieval military architecture. It consists of an administrative building and attached drill shed. The building has a long history in Hudson and has been recently nominated for placement on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information, visit the Hudson Preservation blog