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The Society for the Preservation of Hudson Valley Vernacular Architecture(HVVA) has been granted a provisional charter by New York State Department of Education with a mandate to document and preserve the Hudson Valley's regional architectural heritage.
To fulfill this mission we work in cooperation with both private and public owners of historic properties. We organize monthly study tours throughout the region and survey and record vernacular structures, making this information available through our newsletter, website, archives, and public presentations.
Vernacular architecture is the common way of building; it is a product of regional cultures and traditions. New World Dutch vernacular architecture in the Hudson Valley was established soon after the arrival of the Dutch ship the “de Halve Maen” (Half Moon) in 1609. The architectural tradition it brought with it was centuries old and had as its source the traditional building practices found in the Netherlands and bordering areas.
This building tradition persisted as the dominant practice through the colonial period despite the influx of other cultures and traditions. Since the end of the Revolution the region's vernacular architecture has increasingly reflected the complex social and cultural forces at play in the valley, but a distinctly Dutch character remains.