The award-winning redevelopment of the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory is the anchor project in Hudson River Housing’s work to support and champion the Middle Main Street corridor. This fully renovated historic building is a unique setting for apartments, commercial space, and community use.
Through the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory we’re bringing the rich bounty of arts and food in the Hudson Valley into the city of Poughkeepsie as an educational tool and community connector.
We are taking precautions to protect employees, customers, and communities and slow the spread of COVID-19. We’re following strict sanitation protocols, disinfecting high touch surfaces, and deep cleaning regularly throughout the building. Our top priority is keeping everyone safe, and we will update our policies and procedures as necessary based on current conditions and the latest guidance from local, state and federal health authorities. Please continue to check our Facebook page for the latest updates on our re-opening.
Kitchen & Cafe Update:
The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory Coffee House & Cafe is temporarily closed.
The Poughkeepsie Open Kitchen shared-use commercial kitchen remains fully operational and is accepting new members. Visit the P.O.K. section below for more details on our kitchen facility.
PUF Studios Update:
The Printmaking Studio on the 2nd Floor is open, and is now under HRH management. We’re currently inviting new members to join the studio. All studio users must wear face masks, practice social distancing, and check in to the health log when on site. Use of the space must be scheduled in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (845) 337-0263. View our new Policies and Procedures below for full details on becoming a PUF Studios member.
Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory Coffee House & Cafe
The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory (PUF) Coffee House & Cafe is temporarily closed as of Friday, July 31st.
It is sad to see the cafe shut its doors for now, and we know the space was a place of joy and friendship for so many. While retail dining operations have been hit hard, current times are proving more than ever the value of a shared kitchen incubator space as a way to help launch and sustain businesses who are navigating the intense changes in the food and beverage industry.
For now, we are reorienting the cafe seating area to be functional space available to our Poughkeepsie Open Kitchen members for their production and distribution needs.
Stay tuned for more updates!
Poughkeepsie Open Kitchen (POK)
The Poughkeepsie Open Kitchen is located on the first floor of the factory and provides food entrepreneurs and start-ups with an affordable space to develop and grow their business. Our objective is to support you through commercial kitchen access, business development training, and community connections.
With 3,000 square feet of combined cooking, preparation, and storage space, POK is well suited for caterers, food truck operators, retail or wholesalers, cooking or nutrition instructors, food concept developers, or pop-up restaurant space.
Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, surrounded by culinary institutions, local farms, food businesses, and diverse ethnic cultures, the POK harnesses our collective love of food to build community pride and connectedness. Kitchen rates are affordable at $25/hour, and hours are flexible and available 24/7. Interested in joining our kitchen community? Set up an appointment to visit our kitchen.
A select number of private studios are available for rent on a monthly basis for artists looking for a dedicated space to work. Each studio is located within this beautifully renovated historic building and vibrant community artists hub! Prices start at $350/month and include access to the larger printmaking studio upon approval from the studio manager.
Printmaking Studio Rentals:
The printmaking studio is available for rent on an hourly basis with an annual membership. The cost of an annual membership for individuals is $30/year. Studio time is:
$5/hour for personal use
$20/hour for studio members, arts organizations, or instructors that would like to offer classes or lessons in the space
Click below for our new Policies and Procedures, as well as for full details on becoming a PUF Studios member.
The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory has a long and storied history. We like to think that we are the next in line of progressive owners of this historic property, restoring it to its rightful place as a key part of the social and economic fabric of the Middle Main neighborhood.
The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory property was built in 1874 as William S. Patten’s Poughkeepsie Live Oak Leather Manufactury, and shortly thereafter became the Dutchess Manufacturing Company, which added on substantially to the original structure.
By 1895 it was William Paulding’s Cooperage. In 1899 the Queen Undermuslin Company was incorporated, and in 1904 it moved from a location on Mill Street into this building, forever leaving its mark on the property now known as the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory. The building was remodeled to accommodate the unique offerings of Queen Undermuslins, and was highly regarded as a building entirely run on electricity: “one of the lightest, most sanitary, and most up-to-date factories in the city,” according to a 1911 Poughkeepsie Eagle article.
The garments produced at the factory were held in very high regard, and shipped around the world. The high quality of the product was confirmed by the Galveston Cotton Carnival and Exposition, where Queen Undermuslins took home top prize. The company produced 60,000 garments annually, exclusively for women and children, and able to be procured “at any dry goods or furnishing house of any importance.”
The owners of the factory, Robert Stuart and JC MacLean, were certainly progressive employers. Records show them as successful inventors and businessmen”whose first interest is the promotion of the business, but next to that is the improving of the working conditions of the employees.” Employees (all women) were involved in resolving business disputes, and the grounds were lauded for their beautiful condition, included a perfectly manicured privet hedge, a large flower bed at the front of the site, and even a tennis court for recreation for the employees!
Not much is known about the history of the building from the mid-twentieth century onward. The building was vacant by the 1980s and joined the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 as the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory, forever cementing its place in history.