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Olana State Historic Site

5720 SR 9G, Hudson, NY 12534
518 828 0135
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Ranked #1 of 17 Attractions in Hudson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
Owner description: Hudson River School painter Frederic E. Church designed Olana, his family home, studio, and estate, as an integrated environment embracing... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Syracuse
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We got there a little before 10, but weren't able to go on a tour until 11. There's a small garden, but little else to see on the grounds. If you know when you'll be there, a reservation might save you some aggravation. The exterior of the house is lovely, inspired by Persian architecture. The inside is also quite nice,... More

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Southern California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The home of painter, Frederic Church, this is one of the most ornate houses/mansions you will visit on the Hudson and the most unique, with its Persian/Moorish motif. We enjoyed the tour which was well presented, including great views of the Hudson River. Nice gift shop; go at least a half hour early to see the movie before the tour.... More

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Saddle River, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 via mobile

Over the years we have visited Olana on many occasions, making sure to always bring out of town guests to this charming home, and peaceful retreat. It feels so cozy one might have the feeling F. Church is still painting in his studio. The breathtaking views of the Hudson River and mountains are faithfully reproduced in his paintings. The house... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Worth a visit if interested in The Hudson River School of artists and the architectural tastes of the wealthy artist Frederic church, whose estate mimics Moorish palaces.

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Philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Olana will take your breath away! This is an absolute must-see for the Hudson River Valley or anyone interested in American art. Frederic Church, a pupil of Thomas Cole, not only had more money to begin with, but he became more successful than his teacher/mentor. He built this mansion for him and his large family. The interior and exterior of... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Frederic Edwin Church is one of our favorite artist. Very interesting museum &great views of the Hudson River.

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North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Enjoy the artistic beauty of Olana, with the unique architecture of the house and the carefully landscaped grounds. The house has strong Persian influences but other styles are represented as well. Frederick Church translated his skill as an artist to the "canvas" of the terrain, forming restful gardens and enhanced views of the Hudson River. The gift shop carries unusual,... More

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Newton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

To live is the greatest art---and that concept really comes alive at Frederick Church's Olana. A beautiful home in a beautiful setting; Olana is sure to inspire. We took the house tour on our visit, but it would be just as wonderful to stroll the grounds and see the amazing house from the outside.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We visited Olana based on reviews we had read on this site. Our visit did not disappoint. We were not disappointed. We were on the last tour on a cloudy day, but the house was interesting, the artwork in the house was beautiful and the views created by Frederick Church from his house remain stunning. We wish we had had... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Have been here many times. The residence and the grounds, including views of the Hudson River, are magnificent. Nice short hiking trails also.

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