Olana, a National Historic Landmark and State Historic Site in Hudson, New York, embodies the American spirit and aesthetic of the second half of the 19th century, when its creator, Frederic Edwin Church, constructed an earthly paradise on a bank of America’s Rhineland, the Hudson River.
Olana, with its eclectic architectural style and exuberant colors textures, and towers; Olana with its intact interior and artist’s studio... read more
What is Olana and why was it saved?
On the crest of a steep hill above the middle reaches of the Hudson River, a large earth-toned building with two towers breaks through the tree-line into the sky. Polychrome tiles on the Mansardesque roof of the much taller tower...
When was it saved?
The most dramatic efforts to save Olana began in 1964, when it came to public attention that an intact home and studio of a 19th century American painter was in imminent danger of being auctioned off by the heirs of Frederic Church’s daughter-in-law.
Who saved Olana?
In November 1964, art historian David Huntington joined forces with retired banker Frederic Osborn to persuade the executors of Sally Church’s estate to hold off auctioning Olana for three months, until they could come up with a plan...