The Lace Mill

July 28, 2021

lace mill brick facade

The Lace Mill

Kingston, NY

Completed in 2015

facade of lace mill building

interior of boiler room


Located at 165 Cornell Street in Kingston, the Lace Mill is an anchor of the Ulster County arts community. The $19 Million creative-placemaking space seeks to inspire residents to live, work, and create in a transformative space. Built in 1903, the US Lace Curtain Mill erected the three-story brick mason building to cater to fashion and home decoration lovers, employing hundreds of Kingstonians – particularly women – over several generations. For the better part of 30 years, the 53,000 square foot building remained a boarded-up storage warehouse until RUPCO purchased it in late 2013.

The building currently houses 55 affordable apartments with a preference for artists. The building contains a combination of studio, one, two and three-bedroom units and offers several gallery spaces and designated shared and private work studios that help residents thrive. The Lace Mill employs a variety of sustainable approaches and Green Building techniques, including a rooftop 160 kW photovoltaic (solar) panel array, energy-efficient lighting, and durable and sustainable material sourcing.


Resident Amenities

• 24-hour emergency maintenance service

• Energy Star appliances

• Elevator

• On-site laundry facilities

• Community room

• On-site parking

• Proximity to transportation routes, services, and retail

• Handicap accessible

Households must be at or below 60% of area median income to be eligible for this property.

Where the Artists Live

Awards and Recognition

  • “2015 Project of the Year – Upstate Region” by the NYS Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH)
  • “Most Advanced Financial Structure – J. Timothy Anderson Awards for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation” from the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association.