Copland, Aaron, House

Also known as: Rock Hill, Copeland House
1538 Washington St., Cortlandt Manor, New York


Photo taken by John Reidy in April 2014



Street View 


The Aaron Copland House in the town of Cortlandt, Westchester County, New York, is exceptionally significant as the longtime home of Aaron Copland (1900-1990), one of the most renowned and highly influential figures in American musical history. Copland bought the secluded 1940's house known as "Rock Hill" in 1960 and it was his home, studio, and base of operations for the next 30 years. Widely regarded as the "Dean of American Composers" and the "George Washington of American Music," Copland envisioned and created a distinctively American musical idiom in concert, ballet, film, and opera for the first time in our history; beginning in the mid-1920s, he defined its sound and character; he directly or indirectly influenced virtually every American composer who followed him; and he served as a role model of the modern American composer. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, October 6, 2008

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 19, 2003
Reference number
Architectural style
Modern Movement
Area of significance
Performing Arts
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Music facility
Current function
Music facility
Periods of significance
1950-1974; 1975-2000
Significant year
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2

Update Log 

  • April 22, 2014: New photo from John Reidy