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Daily Freeman: The Metro in Midtown Kingston gets closer to historic landmark status

The Metro on South Prospect Street in Kingston on Tuesday. A state board has recommended that the Midtown building be made a national historic landmark. Tania Barricklo—Daily Freeman

The Metro on South Prospect Street in Kingston on Tuesday. A state board has recommended that the Midtown building be made a national historic landmark. Tania Barricklo—Daily Freeman

By Paul Kirby, Daily Freeman
POSTED: 04/03/18, 2:23 PM EDT

KINGSTON, N.Y. >> A state board has recommended a Midtown building — set to be turned into, among other things, a film production center — be made a national historic landmark.

The Metro, a South Prospect Street building once home of the Pilgrim Furniture Factory, has been recommended for listing in the National Register of Historic Places by the state Board of Historic Preservation, according to Marissa Marvelli, a historic preservation specialist working on The Metro project.

“(The nomination) is now being considered by the National Park Service for listing to the National Register of Historic Places,” Marvelli said in an email. “It typically takes 2-3 months to hear back from them, which means we should know by mid-June at the latest.”

“It’s expected that it will be listed,” Marvelli said.

In November, RUPCO, a Kingston-based affordable housing provider, said it hoped to secure tax credits and start construction of a film and television production studio in September.

The national listing needs to be accomplished before the agency can receive the tax credits.

The agency views the project as an important one “that has gained much attention,” particularly from the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council, which listed it a “priority project.”

When completed, The Metro is expected to house a television and film production center called Stockade Works, which will be headed by actress and director Mary Stuart Masterson, who lives in Dutchess County.

The single-story brick building started out as a factory of the Pilgrim Furniture Company. Built in 1946, the first factory was the first to be built in the Kingston area after World War II and is “significant as an early example of a modernist factory in the region,” according to a historic accounting by Guy Kempe, vice president of RUPCO’s community development.

“Its construction, which required authorization from the federal government, was hampered by nation-wide material shortages,” the accounting says.

The building was designed by Albert E. Milliken, a Kingston architect.

“While Milliken’s design for the Pilgrim Furniture building was primarily functional, it features an attractive Art Moderne style façade,” Kempe’s accounting reads. “A projecting section with curved brick walls, glass block, and a semicircular aluminum canopy helped to draw visitors to the furniture company’s showroom and offices.”

In 1951, Pilgrim Furniture sold the building to the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, which used the building as a Hall of Records.


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Kingston Creative: 8 ways Kingston, NY may be the next small-town film mecca

Kingston Creative: 8 ways Kingston, NY may be the next small-town film mecca


Like many regions around the world, Kingston, NY is eager to grow its share of the film and television production industry, which is projected to generate $325B globally by 2020.

As a city of just over 23,000 people, Kingston is never going to be the next Hollywood. However, recent developments (some sudden, some years in the making) have it poised to join places like Portland, MEAsheville, NC, and Missoula, MT as small-town film meccas; places where the combination of incentives, an existing arts and cultural scene, and natural assets explode into economic success and job creation.


#4. Workforce Training, Infrastructure and Colleges

Kevin Klowden is a smart person from the prestigious Milken Institute’s California Center. He said that while many states and counties throw different tax incentives out to film production companies to stimulate economic development, they don’t work well in a vacuum.

“What makes things work is you need to invest in and build up local workforce,” he said, adding that “states that have provided incentives for investment in permanent infrastructure, like production facilities, have seen the greatest benefits”.

Enter the Mary Stuart Masterson-led Stockade Works.

Award-winning film star Mary Stuart Masterson

On December 8, it was announced that the non-profit “film and television production and post-production studio that will provide training opportunities for young urbanites seeking careers in the entertainment industry,” received $1M in grant funding from New York State. That’s part of an almost $12M investment that’s expected to be raised through a combination of historic and federal tax credits, private investments, and a variety of grant-based funding sources.

The investments will help renovate a dilapidated 70,000 sq. foot factory in Midtown Kingston into (among other things) a powerhouse in workforce development for the local film industry. It will also feature multiple sound stages, work areas, and a community event space for screenings and panels.

That’s in addition to an existing labor pipeline that’s fed by a mix of prestigious private colleges (Bard, Vassar and Marist College within 30 miles), high-performing public schools like SUNY New Paltz, Ulster, and Dutchess, Orange/Ulster BOCES, One Stop Career Center programs and more.


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