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Hudson River School painter Frederic E. Church designed Olana, his family home, studio, and estate, as an integrated environment embracing architecture, art, and landscape. Olana, a National Historic Landmark, is an icon of naturalistic landscape...more
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Happy to see my NY state tax dollars at work at this beautifully restored historic site. Exquisite building and grounds take you back in time to another place and time. Beautiful in tact home with original artifacts and Church paintings not reproductions.
The views out...More
A friend and I toured the wildly eclectic and eccentric 19th century home of Hudson River School landscape artist Frederic Church. The combination of French, Italian, Moorish, Persian, Mexican, Victorian, Gothic and more was far too jumbled in total for my taste. I found, however,...More
A must for all who love color. The paintings on view were first rate examples of the Hudson River School, plus the imaginative use of colors in the decor of every room. Harmonized, playful, richly thoughtful- a revelation of the artist's vision in all aspects...More
My husband and I frequenly weekend in and around the Catskills, this time staying in Germanstown (about 10 miles away). Not having kids with us, we visited Olana and were not disappointed. Olana provides a glimpse into 19tb century life. It’s amazing Church amassed such...More
For fans of the Hudson River School of painters, visiting Frederick Church's Olana is an amazing treat. The relevance of the house and its history are intertwined with the development of that art "movement". Still, the tour of the mansion and its wonderful state will...More
After seeing this historic home on "Treasures of NY", we decided to take a trip to see this home built by Frederic Church, member of the Hudson School of Art. The home is perched on top of hill, fabulous views. However, the home is dark...More
Such a beautiful mansion and gorgeous Hudson river views. I have toured the grounds and the mansion. I recommend stopping here. The guides were lovely and extremely knowledgeable. I will definitely be back!!
Visited on an overcast afternoon, which was a big mistake. The windows of the already dim rooms are always shaded and much of Church’s art work is in shadows in the corners, beyond the cordoned-off space for visitors. Instead of providing a solidly cohesive narrative/story...More
Amazing views and an eclectic moorish influenced house create an interesting hour+ experience. Take the tour and enjoy the art and artifact collection-very interesting and a varied view of beauty in the collected works and items