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Church was the most celebrated painter of landscapes in the United States in the 1860s.  An heir to the naturalistic, romantic style of his teacher, Thomas Cole, Church portrayed the natural wonders of the Americas—Niagara Falls, Icebergs and volcanoes—in huge, minutely detailed panoramic oil paintings.  Beginning in the 1860s, Church and his wife, Isabel Carnes, began creating Olana, their country estate in Hudson, New York, 250 acres of designed landscape capped with a spectacular Italianate villa, in an eclectic style combining Moorish and Persian features.

September 13, 2015
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Frederic Edwin Church (May 4, 1826—April 7, 1900)

Church was the most celebrated painter of landscapes in the United States in the 1860s.  An heir to the naturalistic, romantic style of his teacher, Thomas Cole, Church portrayed the natural wonders of the Americas—Niagara Falls, Icebergs and volcanoes—in huge, […]
September 12, 2015
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Louis Palmer Church (April 30, 1870 to November 8, 1943)

Louis Church was one of Frederic and Isabel Church’s four children who survived infancy. Louis’s older brother Frederic Joseph was reportedly a spendthrift, and constant source of trouble for his parents, Louis had another older brother, Theodore Winthrop, and a […]
September 11, 2015
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Calvert Vaux (December 20, 1824 – November 18, 1895)

Vaux was a young British architect and landscape architect when he was recruited by Andrew Jackson Downing in 1850 to assist in Downing’s flourishing architecture and landscape design practice in the Hudson River Valley.  After Downing was killed in steamship […]
September 10, 2015
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Sally Good Church (1868 to August 17, 1964)

Born Sarah Baker Good, Sally Church was from Lockport, Pennsylvania. She became engaged to Louis Church in 1894, and married him seven years later. One of Sally’s six sisters, Blanche, married a New York lawyer, Charles Tressler Lark. Following the […]
September 10, 2015
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David Carew Huntington (December 3, 1922 to September 29, 1990)

Born in Scarsdale, New York, Huntington grew up with his mother and siblings in Princeton, New Jersey, graduating from Princeton Country Day, the Taft School in Connecticut, and Princeton University, where he studied architecture. Huntington earned a PhD from Yale […]
September 9, 2015
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Alexander Aldrich (March 14, 1928 to present)

Sam Aldrich, as he has been known since his first day of school at St. Paul’s, is the son of Winthrop W. Aldrich, the head of Chase National Bank, then the largest bank in the world.  Sam’s aunt Abigail (Winthrop […]
September 8, 2015
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Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (July 8, 1908 – January 26, 1979)

Nelson Rockefeller was the 49th governor of New York State, serving from 1959 through 1973.  The grandson of John D. Rockefeller and son of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Nelson was, in addition to being one of America’s most well-known politicians, a businessman, […]
September 7, 2015
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James Hamilton 1935 to September 22, 1990

Jim Hamilton graduated from Trinity School in Manhattan and went to West Point for college.  Following service in the U.A. Army, he earned his juris doctor at Harvard, spending the summer after his second year as a summer associate at […]
September 4, 2015
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James Biddle (July 8, 1929 – March 10, 2005)

Jimmy Biddle, as he was known, was a descendant of the Philadelphian Nicholas Biddle, whose home on the Delaware River, Andalusia, Biddle preserved and treasured. Biddle studied art and archaeology at Princeton, and upon graduation served in the Korean War. […]
September 4, 2015
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Mary Mazzacano (around 1920 to 2014)

Mary Mazzacano was a Columbia County Irish-German girl who married into an Italian-American family from Long Island.  The Mazzacanos owned a farm on Middle Road near Olana, and were part of a thriving Italian-American community in the area.  As a […]