Olana was the home and studio of Hudson River School artist Frederic Edwin Church.
The house was designed by Calvert Vaux (best known for his work on NYC’s Central Park) in 1872.
Roof Line Detail
It is a Persian styled confection located at the top of a hill, overlooking the Hudson River.
The day I visited, the house was not open to the public and extensive restoration work was being performed on the exterior. I look forward to returning here one day.
Facade Facing the Hudson River
It seems that there are 2 web sites for this park. One by a friends group and one by NY State. If you decide to visit, the hours posted on the State Site seem to be more up-to-date.
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Chesterwood is the House and Studio of noted sculptor Daniel Chester French. French is best known for his Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. He hired architect Henry Bacon to design this estate between 1898-1901.
The House and Studio
Of all the houses I have visited, this one had the best visitor center display I have seen. It explains and places in context, the importance of French’s public works. If you go, definitely plan on spending some time on this exhibit. It is well worth your time.
Front Facade of House
The house itself is rather modest.
Front Facade of Studio
French’s studio is a fantastic space. Visible in the above picture, if you look through the door, you will see French’s final sculpture, Andromeda. It is as he left it in the work space.
Studio from garden
The studio also has entertaining areas along with the work areas, and it is situated in a garden setting.
A contemporary sculpture on the grounds.
Interspersed on the grounds are works by contemporary sculptors.
As well as works by French’s daughter, such as this Lincoln Sculpture.
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