“Art, Architecture, and More!”
Olana State Historic Site was the home of Frederic Edwin Church (1826–1900), one of the major figures in the Hudson River Schoolof landscape painting. The centerpiece of Olana is an eclectic villa composed of many styles, difficult to categorize, which overlooks parkland and a working farm designed by the artist. As well, the residence has a wide view of the Hudson River valley, the Catskill Mountains and the Taconic Range. Church and his wife Isabel (1836–1899) named their estate after a fortress-treasure house in ancient Greater Persia (modern-day Armenia), which also overlooked a river valley. Visitors touring the majestic home of Frederic Church will be led on a trip through time, seeing a remarkably preserved home, complete with much of the original furniture. World-class paintings from Church's personal collection grace the walls of this beautiful mansion. Visitors will learn the story of Church's life, and how he came to build this wonderful mansion overlooking the Hudson River. Specialty tours are offered throughout the year. School tours are available throughout the school year. Reservations are recommended, but not required for groups of less than 15 people. Special rates are available for school groups.
It was an amazing visit. The setting, gardens and interior detailing made it a high point of our week long Hudson Valley trip
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