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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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Came across this by chance when visiting Hudson valley. Saw it right on the hilltop and just had to see this Moorish style building. The home of painter Frederick Church - it has... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Came across this by chance when visiting Hudson valley. Saw it right on the hilltop and just had to see this Moorish style building. The home of painter Frederick Church - it has stunning views over a bend in the Hudson and the spectacular house is very different in style. We were lucky and got in by just turning up... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This is the unusual home and studio of Frederick Church. Tours are limited, so book online in advance. Beautiful views of the Hudson River Valley along with a few trails around the home. There is about a 15-20 minute movie in the visitor center. The home tour lasts about 45 minutes and goes through the main floor rooms and upstairs... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

If you haven't been to Olana for a few years, you'll be impressed. The exterior has been renovated and more rooms are open. Be sure to reserve online for a tour or you'll be waiting as they allow only 12 to a group. The hidden garden is lovely

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Elmira, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We were blown away by the detail that Fredick Church put into his home. The tour guide did a good job of explaining the home and especially interesting was the inclusion of some modern art in the home interposed between many of Church's works that would be finished in a larger format. Unfortunately, photos of the interior are not permitted.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

It's over 2 hours from NY by car, but if you take the Taconic Pkwy it is a scenic ride. Olana is the home of Frederic Church, the great Hudson River School painter. The home is perched on top of a hill with panoramic views of the Hudson River and the Catskills on the other side of the river. The... More 

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Plattsburgh, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I scheduled a stop with our group of 50 and most seemed to enjoy this attraction. It's something to see once - beautiful view from Olana. My only disappointment is that the inside is so poorly lit you cannot see or enjoy any of the artwork. However, the building with it's view and grounds make it a lovely stop! Tour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

As an artist, I appreciated the care, research and creative choices that went into designing this unique house that is unlike any other I've seen. We stayed in Poughkeepsie and drove about an hour to tour this house. The view and all that we saw in the house were inspiring. I recommend booking your tour a few days or more... More 

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East Meadow, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Bring your camera, best time during the Fall for amazing views of the Hudson. Home of Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church. Restored to it's original beauty. Take the guided tour.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I'll start with this...the mansion is incredibly beautiful, the views are stunning, and the grounds are remarkable. However, I was flabbergasted by the attitude of the tour guide. She treated everyone like 5 year olds and had so many rules it made the tour very uncomfortable. Every room we went into, she had a rude comment to make to someone.... More 

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Stephentown, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

The setting is sublime! Views of the Hudson are gradually inching away into the foliage of the growing forests surrounding the property, but it's still beautiful. The house itself is lovely and well worth paying for a tour! The gift shop has some interesting items. This is a fantastic place to wander around, have a picnic, learn about the Hudson... More 

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