The Trolley Barn on Main Street has a rich history as a symbolic hub for the City of Poughkeepsie. Constructed in 1873, the building was once home base for the draft horses that pulled the trolleys and later for the trolley cars themselves, after the lines were electrified. And the future of the Barn looks to be just as central to Poughkeepsie life as it once was—though, this time around, as a cultural hub rather than a transportation one.
Beginning in 2017, community development nonprofit Hudson River Housing, in concert with the building’s previous owner Roy Budnik, launched the first phase of a multifaceted renovation to bring the building into the 21st century.
Between them, Hudson River Housing and the City of Poughkeepsie have secured $1.5 million in grants in total for building renovations, ensuring its impact will be possible for decades to come.