Madam Brett Park; Old School Building on South Avenue

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Comments (8)

MikeFromholt on January 5, 2013

Any history on the building? Tried a search and didn't come up with much.

Chris Sanfino on January 5, 2013

Couldn't find anything on either the Scenic Hudson or the Tioronda Working Group's websites. Will let you know if I find anything.

MikeFromholt on January 6, 2013

I did some checking on some old maps, in the 1876 atlass for Dutchess County, I found hte map for Fishkill-on-the-hudson and it shows a rail line going by this building between the building and Fishkill Creek, and the structure is listed as a school. In the historicaerials website, in the 1965,1973 & 1981 topographic maps it's shown as being a church, but no name(abandoned by then?). Before 1965, it's ust marked as a building but no reference to being a church or school. Sometime between 1934(maybe earlier) and 1943, the railroad was removed. A building was there on the earliest topo map I saw in 1908, but no designation. I don't beleive this had anything to do with the nearby psych center, and the remains of the tennis court that is visible on google earth(and even earlier aerials), is puzzling. The 1965 aerial shows the tennis court quite clearly, as well as a lane leading to some sort of structures on the south side of the pond, and apparently, this lane leads on from there to the Craig House Mansion.

MikeFromholt on January 6, 2013

It was a school(Tioranda School), then the Craig House property put an indoor pool inside in 1911.

Chris Sanfino on January 6, 2013

Thanks Mike for your research. Very interesting

RussNelson on January 8, 2013

AFAIK it has never been a church and always been a school, and it was associated with the nearby estate that became a psych center in later years.

The railroad was the Central New England. It went down to the (now) Metro-North tracks to form the junction for which Dutchess Junction was named. Plans were made and begun to run this railroad out to Denning's Point. More info on

MikeFromholt on January 9, 2013

Russ, you're correct in stating it's never been a church. What mislead me was the topo map's that are on, as they show the church symbol for it. Obviously, a USGS field tech screwed up, which, looking at the building, my first thought was a church, until I looked at it a bit closer. This was marked as a church on the 1965 & 1973 maps. On a play map from the 1800's, it is mentioned correctly as a School House. And thanks for the info on the railroad.

c3photographyny on May 19, 2014

Hello All,

I stumbled upon this building while driving around the area this past weekend. Thinking I had just discovered a hidden treasure, I did a quick Google search and immediately became obsessed with its history and what was inside. The look, the feel and the story is quite amazing, although there is plenty of mystery still left because there really isn't that much out there about it.

I would love the opportunity to continue discussion about this great historical piece.

There are so many questions, most of which were answered when I found this page.

The ultimate question is, what does it look like on the inside and I think I found the only picture (at least the only one I can find).

I came across a random site that has a large gallery of photos of this school prior to the current boarded up look it has now. The last picture in the gallery is a shot from one of the windows looking in. Below is the link to what I can safely say is the only inside picture i've seen of the school/gym/pool/extension of Craig House on the web.

Enjoy -

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    by Chris Sanfino
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