The River House Project reclaims a turn-of-the-century elementary school, meticulously and historically restored to its original glory, to create a stunning and spacious work studio space in the city of Hudson, NY. With a focus on film, media, design and innovation professionals, it is the first such facility in the region. Over four floors of light-filled former classrooms, River House Project will serve the region’s growing creative economy by providing offices, studios and creative suites for industry professionals.

Productions will benefit from NY State Film Tax-Credits available (fully refundable credit of 40 % of qualified production costs and post-production costs incurred in New York State); River House will be a NY State Qualified Post-Production Facility, nearby Basilica Hudson is a Qualified Production Facility.

After decades of abandonment, this historic building was brought back to life through co-founders Melissa Auf der Maur’s and Tony Stone’s vision to save the historic building while fostering creativity, culture and collaboration to assure it remains an anchor within the community. This one-of-a-kind professional workspace will allow the growing creative sector to take further root in the region.

RHP serves as a model of energy efficiency and exemplary reuse, reconstructed to retain its stately and solid structure as well as much of its historic appointments. It artfully marries cutting-edge technology with elegant, historic architecture.


The four-floor, southern-facing, 19,000 square-foot building sits on the bluff of Allen Street, overlooking the majestic sweep of the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains. Over 100 restored windows flood every space with the crystalline light of the iconic Hudson River School skies.

The restoration work was undertaken with the utmost care and attention to the historic details of the building. The founders want the project to honor both the epic and eclectic history of the City of Hudson itself and ensure that the building will serve as an economic development opportunity for locals, while participating in creative and economic resurgence underway in the broader region.

RHP will serve the growing creative economy in the region by providing much-needed professional workspace for professionals – filmmakers, fabricators, designers, inventors, producers, researchers, writers and architects –  offering offices, studios and creative suites. These facilities will allow for an expanded level of creative, professional and experimental activity in Hudson, to serve the growing creative community as well as local residents seeking a way to access and establish themselves within this sector.

The four floors, 5000 square feet each, will have studio and office space, designed and specially wired for editing suites, post production studios (sound and image), as well as common areas including a screening room.


In 2017, the River House Project was designated a priority project by the New York State Regional Economic Development Council, and was awarded a grant to complete the construction and renovation. The Governor’s Office has also identified the River House Project as a Priority Project within the Downtown Revitalization Initiative awarded to Hudson in 2017.

River House Project has also received generous support from National Grid’s Main Street Revitalization program, as well as the National Parks Service Historic Preservation and New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.


River House founders musician Melissa Auf Der Maur and filmmaker Tony Stone are in a unique position to be an active part of the many cultural and economic shifts taking place in Hudson, and hope to bring visionary and thoughtful leadership to this process.

Auf der Maur and Stone have already created an important cultural destination in Hudson, Basilica Hudson, a multidisciplinary arts center supporting the creation, production and presentation of innovative and independent arts and culture while fostering sustainable community. Founded in 2010, Basilica Hudson makes its home in a spectacular solar-powered reclaimed 1880s industrial factory on the waterfront of the historic City of Hudson.


Weekend destination events comprise the core of Basilica Hudson’s music, performance, film, food and literary programming, alongside regular film screenings series, art exhibitions, and other community gatherings. Basilica Hudson annually welcomes more than 40,000 visitors people to its programs and events each season, and has quickly become both an important cultural anchor as well as a significant economic driver for the city and a destination for the region. Basilica Hudson strives to be a gateway to the dynamic city of Hudson and this region of great potential. Mindful of the rapid evolution of Hudson, Basilica is committed to being a cultural counterbalance to Hudson’s commercial development and serves as an economic, cultural and civic anchor to Hudson and its residents.

Plans for River House Project build on the established network and mission of Basilica Hudson and the two organizations will operate in tandem to support the local and regional community, and offer important new platforms to the creative sector.