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28 December 2009
Fishkill, NY -- On Sunday, Dec 28, 2009, Metro North Railroad
personnel alerted the Bannerman Castle Trust, Inc., a not-for-profit
'friends group' working with the New York State Office of Parks,
Recreation, and Historic Preservation (NYSOPRHP), that one full
corner of the historic Bannerman Castle tower structure on Pollepel
Island had collapsed.
Bannerman Castle is a National Historic
Register site in the Hudson Highlands State Park and is readily
observed from the Metro North rail line, both shores of the Hudson
River, and by kayakers and other boaters. The unprecedented damage,
caused by aging mortar and unprotected brick damaged by the elements,
underscores the need for immediate action to save this endangered
and scenic treasure in the Hudson River.
The Bannerman Castle Trust, Inc. is currently poised to begin
construction to stabilize the former Bannerman residence, a smaller
castle structure located on the west side of Pollepel Island. In
2007, the Trust received a $350,000 Environmental Protection Fund
challenge grant to design and undertake the stabilization of the
residence structure. Since that time, the Trust has raised nearly
$200,000 towards the matching grant, retained the preservation
architecture firm Jan Hird Pokorny Associates, Inc. of Manhattan, and
submitted a final stabilization design to NYSOPRHP. The Trust hopes
that successful stabilization of the residence in 2010 will raise
awareness and spur additional fundraising for emergency stabilization
of the larger castle structure and the picturesque towers that ring
the island, rising from the waters of the Hudson River.
damage to the larger castle, however, signals that we are truly
running out of time to save Bannerman Castle.
The Bannerman Castle Trust, Inc. is dedicated to the preservation of
Bannerman Castle as an educational, cultural, and heritage tourism
resource in the Hudson Valley. The Trust operates tours of the
island under the purview of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation
and Historic Preservation and has cooperated with various
groups to host school dance performances, fencing tournaments, and
photography events, to name but a few, on the island. The facade of
the castle that was damaged was recently featured in a striking
fashion spread in Esquire magazine, which may become one of the last
photos to document its beauty intact. The castle has been used as a
background in feature films and television programs and is one of the
most unique aesthetic resources in the
The Bannerman Castle Trust is making an urgent appeal for donations
to expedite the stabilization of the Bannerman residence in 2010 and
to begin to plan the stabilization of the larger and in-water
structures. Emergency stabilization is needed! Donations of in-kind services
from structural engineers, geotechnical engineers, bracing and shoring contractors,
construction contractors, and firms with experience in maintenance and
preservation of coastal structures are sought.
Tax-deductible donations can be made through a PayPal application on our website at
www.bannermancastle.org, or you may send your donation to: The Bannerman Castle Trust, Inc.
PO Box 843
Glenham, NY 12527-0843
contact Neil Caplan at 845-234-3204
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