Who saved Olana

In November 1964, art historian David Huntington joined forces with retired banker Frederic Church 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.  When their request was granted, they formed a non-profit, Olana Preservation, Inc., drafting Sam Aldrich to serve as president, and Jimmy Biddle as treasurer.  These men led the charge, but succeeded only with the help of hundreds of others, who gave their time, influence, and–most importantly– money to the cause.  Portraits of the key players are displayed here.

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