Address: 317 Allen St, Hudson
Description: The Tiger House exemplifies the stunning qualities of Hudson’s historic district. From this ornate mansion, explore everything the city has to offer and venture out into greater Columbia County. Seven bedrooms and a wide variety of living spaces will ensure that when it’s time to stay home, you’ll never want to leave. Additionally, the rare Dutch Jacobean architecture leaves much to discover within the home itself.
Renowned architect Marcus Reynolds designed and built the Tiger House at the start of the 20th century. Reynolds was best known for his design of the Delaware and Hudson Railroad Company Building in downtown Albany. Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Jones, the heirs to a prominent soap fortune, commissioned the project as their hunting lodge. When Reynolds completed the home in 1906, it was one of the largest and most striking structures Hudson had ever seen.
Until the 1980s, the home remained a private residence. After that, it had a brief stint as an upscale nursing home. Next, extensive renovations brought the Tiger House online as a bed-and-breakfast concept with event venue capabilities. Notable figures like musician Lou Reed were rumored to have stayed here. Finally, all of the history and majesty of this Hudson beauty is available to own.
The home’s all-brick exterior displays exquisite flourishes common to the Jacobean style. Elements of the Tiger House’s striking façade include flat roofs with Tudor arches, manicured gardens, and an emphasized symmetry. It is nearly impossible to miss this one-of-a-kind work of art when visiting one of the Hudson Valley’s hottest cities. Marble window mantles add a special flair. Elaborate greenery surrounds the building. Jaunts into town are simple with the property’s prime location on Allen St.
Inside, grand foyers, large staircases, and intricate designs await. A spectrum of beautiful American wood elements draw the eye in infinite directions. Looking up, the ceiling features American chestnut and walnut panels. Down below, maple and oak hardwood flooring produce a marvelous effect. Oak especially was a material of choice when this masterpiece was designed, and heritage oak furniture appears throughout the residence.
Explore more than 7,500 sq ft of living space. The central reception room invites guests into the house, or the owners back after an outing. Original double-hung windows bathe spaces in natural light. Plus, the home’s grand “entry salon” is illuminated by a Tiffany glass skylight. This entryway certainly makes a first impression.
Next, admire the formal dining room. This is one of the best examples of the Tiger House’s many fine details. A wooden fireplace keeps diners cozy during the cold winter months, while lovely stained glass windows warm up the space during spring and summer. Similarly, views of fall foliage make any autumn meal noteworthy. Ornate paneling and curved walls stand out as especially breathtaking elements.
Moving through the house, other spaces include several living rooms, billiard room, support rooms, and more. The lovely and lush solarium is a particular standout for sunny day sitting. Above all, there is a flowing design from room-to-room that preserves Reynolds’ ornamental themes. One dazzling trim pattern leads you into the next, connecting spaces. However, each area of the house has its own distinctive feel.
Settle into seven spectacular bedrooms at the Tiger House. Ornate suites and quaint guest rooms grant everyone who spends a night here their own private space. The owners of the inn renovated and refurnished many of the bedrooms. Original window panes and fireplaces meet modern décor in these vibrant areas.
Another part of the house that has received extensive updates are the bathrooms. Period fixtures like deep soaking tubs and marble-white tile preserve the Tiger House atmosphere. Anyone who spends time soaking in this private retreat will feel thoroughly refreshed.
Asking price: $1,950,000
Selling points: Enjoy a coffee on the veranda overlooking the City of Hudson every morning. Spend time getting to know every varied room of the Tiger House, and use the retreat as a home base for Hudson Valley adventures. The house has four wood-burning fireplaces and an expansive rear garden, plus a large walk-up attic and a multi-room basement. Hosting events is a cinch with the formal dining room and several lounge areas.
In addition, Hudson boasts incredible schools and a vibrant arts scene. It’s always a pleasure strolling down Warren St or any of the other restaurant-lined paths, just a walking distance away. Most importantly, the Tiger House is a stunning piece of architecture in an amazing part of the Hudson Valley. Who wouldn’t want to spend every day at the river?
Listing agents: Andrew Gates, Houlihan Lawrence