Olana

Also known as: Frederic E. Church House
Church Hill, E end of Rip Van Winkle Bridge, Church Hill, New York

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Olana

Photo taken by Richard Doody in 1989

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Description 

Olana is a 250-acre estate within a 327 acre park. The picturesque estate was designed by the artist Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900). The Church's residences on the estate include a cottage designed by Richard Morris Hunt and the mansion designed by Calvert Vaux. The estate dominates a hilltop on the east bank of the Hudson River with views west to the Catskill Mountains and east to the Berkshires. The main house was constructed 1870-74; a wing 1888-90 was designed and constructed by the artist. Frederic E. Church was one of the leading American Landscape artists of the Hudson River School. Few estates with existing artist's studios of such authenticity remain in existence. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, June 22, 1965

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
66000509
Architectural style
Victorian
Area of significance
Art
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Building
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Museum
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1850-1874
Significant year
1872
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2

Update Log 

  • May 9, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody

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