December 8, 2021
Completed in 1993
The handsome yellow brick building at 289 Fair Street is home to RUPCO’s headquarters. The remaining floors feature 40 one-bedroom supportive housing apartments for formerly homeless seniors and disabled adults funded through a New York State Supportive Housing Program (NYSSHP) grant award that provides affordable housing and case management services to residents.
Built in 1910-1911, the Stuyvesant was designed by architect J.A. Wood and quickly became the grandest hostelry in town. The handsome building adorned by marble columns flanking the main entrance advertised 150 rooms and a restaurant with banquet facilities. By the 1960’s, the hotel had deteriorated due to a fire and eventually closed in 1981. The building sat vacant for nearly a decade until RUPCO purchased it and secured funding for its historic preservation. Completed in 1993, the restoration of the Stuyvesant acted as a catalyst to the Up Town Kingston neighborhood revitalization, bringing life back to the Stockade District.
• On-site laundry
• 24-hour emergency maintenance service
• Community Room
• Proximity to mass transportation routes, and retail
• Handicap accessible
Households must be at or below 80% of area median income to be eligible for this property.
In October of 2015, acclaimed muralist Gaia selected the Stuyvesant as the canvas for “Pronkstilleven.” Gaia painted the portraits of American neoclassicist painter John Vanderlyn and abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth. Gaia juxtaposed the “otherness” of both figures; one, a well-traveled and educated white painter who was born and died (penniless) in Kingston, and the other, an African American woman, born into slavery, who freed herself and traveled the country fighting for the rights of others. The 65′ x 40′ mural was completed during the O+ Festival.
Photo credit gaiastreetart.com
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