Thornwillow Makers Village
Newburgh, New York
Client: Thornwillow Institute
Situated on the Hudson River 60 miles north of New York City, Newburgh, NY is a city with enormous potential and yet significant challenges. Despite its historical importance and architectural vibrancy—the city once housed George Washington’s headquarters, and features a historic district with scores of architecturally notable buildings—Newburgh, with a population of approximately 30,000, is today among America’s most distressed communities.
The Thornwillow Makers Village is a transformative economic development and downtown revitalization initiative launched by Thornwillow Institute. Sited within a complex of properties centered on South Lander Street, the project builds on the success of Thornwillow Press, one of the world’s leading publishers of limited-edition books, based in Newburgh’s East End Historic District since 2004.
The Institute was founded to leverage this commitment to craft production as a catalyst for Newburgh’s revitalization. Central among its initiatives is the development of Thornwillow Makers Village, which will encompass 100,000 square feet in and around five adjacent properties. Anchored by a historic carriage house, the Village will include maker incubator spaces; live/work studios; gallery, event, and retail spaces; and a bar and restaurant highlighting Hudson Valley craft distilleries. The “hearth” of the Makers Village is a proposed Community Kitchen and Marketplace that will showcase craft food and beverage entrepreneurship, incubate small businesses, and cultivate a community of local food producers and enthusiasts.
Being Here has collaborated on the planning, design, and development of Thornwillow Makers Village, including the project masterplan, streetscape design, consultation with public-sector agencies and community stakeholders, and creation of the Institute’s not-for-profit infrastructure to carry this ambitious project forward. Currently in the planning phase, the Makers Village promises to advance Newburgh’s resurgence as one of New York’s most economically diverse and dynamic places.