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.
A Vibrant Community
Even though our cafe remains closed, we’ve got lots going on! Here’s what’s happening:
The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory (PUF) Community Hub is open for events, meetings, and community activities! Contact us via email or call (845) 337-0263 for details and to book your event. Low rates with discounts for City of Poughkeepsie residents and non-profit organizations!
We are supporting the 30+ small food and beverage businesses that utilize our Poughkeepsie Open Kitchen shared-use commercial kitchen. We also have lots of special events happening! Check our Instagram and Facebook pages for timely updates on pop-ups, special events, and markets.
We are also focusing on our newest social enterprise, Heroes Making Heroes, a veteran-led food business preparing hero-style sandwiches for sale on a sliding scale at local farmers markets and through catering services.
PUF Studios is open and welcoming studio renters, students, and makers of all kinds!
The Art Effect programming is hopping on the third floor.
The Poughkeepsie Open Kitchen (POK) is a shared-use commercial kitchen that supports inclusive economic growth through the stewardship of locally grown entrepreneurs. We support community members as they develop successful food businesses, celebrate their culinary traditions, and share their talents with the Hudson Valley community. With the POK, we’re advancing our mission of strengthening communities by creating opportunities for people and places to thrive.
The Poughkeepsie Open Kitchen is located on the first floor of the factory and offers 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, pop-up restaurant space, and more.
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.