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Olana State Historic Site

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Address: 5720 SR 9G, Hudson, NY 12534
Phone Number: 518 828 0135
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Description: Hudson River School painter Frederic E. Church designed Olana, his family...
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 design, with five miles of carriage roads and a Persian-inspired house at its summit, embracing unrivaled panoramic views of the vast Hudson River Valley. Today, visitors can experience an array of activities, from meandering through the 250 acre artist designed landscape, to taking a tour of the house and surrounding landscape, to viewing the changing exhibitions both in the main house and a gallery devoted to contemporary photography. They can see a 17 minute award-winning video on the property and a permanent orientation exhibit. They can also participate in a variety of educational programs in the Wagon House Education Center, including a free backpack program that includes a variety of projects for children.
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One of the monumental treasures of theHudson River Valley; an amazing architectural oddity with arguably the greatest vista of the Valley!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Taghkanic, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

One of the monumental treasures of theHudson River Valley; an amazing architectural oddity with arguably the greatest vista of the Valley!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

My favorite place! I grew up nearby and watched it saved from ruin in the 1960s. Now I make sure to show off this American treasure to all the foreign visitors I can. I just went again this Saturday after seven years. This masterpiece of Victorian Persian artistic style was the vision and home of the American landscape painter Frederick... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Completely sublime...if you go to Hudson, you must visit this home & grounds for complete inspiration.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

The grounds and house at Olana are truly stunning. You feel as though you have walked into the landscape in one of Church's paintings. The house tour is not as fun as walking around on the grounds and enjoying the scenery, the charming gardens and views of the exterior.

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Scarsdale
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Another no brainer, plain and simple, and what a blessing it is to have it here, within striking distance of the New York Metro area. Thanks to many detailed writers, you will learn exactly how special this site is. I felt as if Church was going to walk right into the rooms with us, brush in hand, or that we... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

My only regret in regards to Olana is that we didn't plan more time here. I think next visit we will make the time to explore the rest of the grounds, as the estate here is HUGE. I definitely recommend touring the house (what we did). The views of the hudson from Olana were stunning, and we learned a lot... More 

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Sarasota, Floorida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

As we all know, Olana was the home of Frederic Church the founder of the Hudson River school. It had been some time since I last visited. Our docent was well meaning but a poor public speaker and just boring as she rattled off fact after fact. The worst part is that as your group moves on the docent locks... More 

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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Architecturally, my husband and I agreed that the building was somewhat of a monstrosity but we could see why people would want to see it. It was very dark inside and the tour was way too long but we were glad to see Frederic Church's abode.

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Craryville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I've been to Olana a few times and have gotten some really amazing photographs of all the beauty that surrounds you. I've never been on a tour of the castle but I would like to someday. It's a nice spot to just sit and have a picnic or simply walk the grounds. My husband actually proposed at this spot at... More 

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Sharon, MA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We'd hoped to say something more glowing about this site, which we'd wanted to visit for some time. While we learned a lot about Church's life and multifaceted talents as an artist and designer, we were disappointed by the lack of in-depth commentary on the artworks on display. From the outside in: the villa is situated on a hill high... More 

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Additional Information about Olana State Historic Site

Address: 5720 SR 9G, Hudson, NY 12534
Phone Number: 518 828 0135
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Hudson
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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