West Point Foundry Preserve is the site of a former nineteenth-century foundry in the Village of Cold Spring. The Preserve occupies 87 acres of a dramatic, forested valley that opens up to the geologic expanse of the Hudson River. Scenic Hudson Land Trust selected MNLA to transform this post-industrial site into a park that reveals its history, both industrial and ecological.
The $3.5M project respects the property’s inherent natural beauty, using historical paths and rail lines to connect industrial complexes and building ruins. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the site allows visitors to learn about the foundry’s role in the Civil War and its contribution to America’s Industrial Revolution. Exhibits at Foundry Cove explore the marsh’s remarkable renewal and abundance of wildlife. Through incisive design interventions, visitors can participate in an active and informed experience 12 months of the year.
The complexity of revealing industrial archeology while negotiating public access on sensitive land creates a national precedent and a local legacy.
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The sounds and story of water drove the design team's concepts. Water was and is integral to the historic site.