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“Artist's home and collection: Victoriiana”

Olana State Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 32 things to do in Hudson
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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.
Reviewed August 16, 2017

Olana has become an important site for art history even though most of the paintings in the home are not top quality. It is crucial to understand this is a working artist's home preserved as it was in Victorian times. Church's taste in decor and landscape is great fun and well worth a visit.

Thank Signe A
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Reviewed August 16, 2017

We have been visiting Olana for nearly 30 years and have watched it "grow" as more and more of the Church's personal residence has been opened up for tours and the grounds have been gradually returned to their original splendor. In the year since our last tour they have made remarkable progress including a tune up of the docents

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Reviewed August 10, 2017

Even if you do not know who Frederic Church was, or you have never seen any of his paintings, you should see Olana. The story of the house, its architecture, the creation of the landscape, the near-fatal sale, the just-in-time saving of Olana....it all makes a great story. I recommend you book a house tour in advance either on line or by phone. (You can see the grounds on your own.) Our guide seemed to know everything about Church and this house. This is really worth a visit. Note: there is really no food on site, so eat before you go, or bring a picnic.

1  Thank jacquelinerose5
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Reviewed August 8, 2017

Three of us visited Olana (which was taken over from ruin by the state under Rockefeller. If it was Cuomo's era, he would have bulldozed it and made it a bike path for votes). We took the tour and it was overwhelming. Love it so much we became supporting members. I have never seen anything so well preserved and well done except maybe the USS Slater in Albany NY (that's privately funded BTW). The outside structure is incredible, literally awesome. The grounds and views are terrific. We will go back because you simply cannot take it all in, it's historically and visually overwhelming. It's far more than just artwork. The collections are vast and amazingly interesting. The inside of the structure is simply fantastic. The movie is also excellent.

5  Thank madogbill
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Reviewed August 6, 2017

We didn't expect what we found at Olana. We knew that it was Frederic Church's house, but we hadn't really read anything about it. The house turns out to be very impressive in both style and decor, and the views are stunning...and since the property is state-owned, a visit here is free! We were very pleased with the tour, especially as our guide was incredibly knowledgeable about Church, his work, and art history in general -- one of the best tour guides we've had in a long time.

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