Olana State Historic Site

Olana State Historic Site The Olana Partnership supports Olana, the greatest masterpiece of Frederic Church, through fundraising, programming and advocacy.
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The landscape is open everyday from 8:30AM to dusk; the Museum Store is open Friday through Sunday from 10AM to 4PM. Guided tours of the Main House and Historic Landscape are available Friday through Sunday starting at 11AM with last tour starting at 3PM. The Evelyn and Maurice Sharp Gallery and the second floor is currently closed.

Special Membership Event! This Wednesday, Dr. Christine Oaklander will host Olana's second Subject Specialist Member’s W...
04/20/2020

Special Membership Event! This Wednesday, Dr. Christine Oaklander will host Olana's second Subject Specialist Member’s Webinar about the lifelong friendship between Frederic Church and William Henry Osborn. Join us! Become a member or renew your membership until the end of April and receive 2 additional months of #YourOlana. Membership is your all-access pass to upcoming virtual events and webinars! Learn more at OLANA.org/Membership

@ArtNet's recent article "To Mark the @MetMuseum’s 150th Birthday, Here Are 15 Artworks Symbolizing the Ups and Downs of...
04/20/2020

@ArtNet's recent article "To Mark the @MetMuseum’s 150th Birthday, Here Are 15 Artworks Symbolizing the Ups and Downs of Each Decade of Its Storied Existence" includes Frederic Church's incredible, "famous showstopper" 'Heart of the Andes'! Full article at https://bit.ly/15METDecades

This beautiful weather is a great chance for  people to stretch their legs at Olana and we are seeing some crowded parki...
04/19/2020

This beautiful weather is a great chance for people to stretch their legs at Olana and we are seeing some crowded parking lots. Please practice safe social distancing at all times. If the parking lot is full when you arrive, please leave and return another day when it’s not as busy. Thank you for helping us keep Olana safe!

What's your favorite Olana view? There are so many to choose! Olana's 250 acres and 5 miles of carriage roads offering s...
04/19/2020

What's your favorite Olana view? There are so many to choose! Olana's 250 acres and 5 miles of carriage roads offering sweeping Hudson Valley views is open for solitary walks and exercise from 8 AM to sunset each day. All are welcome, including leashed dogs. Please be mindful, respectful, and safe by wearing a mask and practicing #SocialDistancing, staying at least 6 feet apart from others at all times. Olana is a carry in, carry out park. Please do your part to help keep Olana beautiful.

Photo by @that_shutterlifetho

The inspiring story of the saving of Olana from destruction in the 1960s is now on our website! David Schuyler's essay '...
04/18/2020

The inspiring story of the saving of Olana from destruction in the 1960s is now on our website! David Schuyler's essay 'Saving Olana' sheds light on the fight to save Olana, led by art historian David Huntington and a group of dedicated preservationists, art historians, government officials, and local activists. Read now at OLANA.org/SavingOlana

Photo: ‘Olana’s original guides and hosts: Mary Ann Bikes, Alice Gold, Kay Sterns, Ruby Funk, Ruth Kramer and Mary Mazzacano in the Court Hall,' c. 1960s, Olana Research Collection, Mary Mazzacano memorabilia file, Olana State Historic Site, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.

Here’s some family fun! Color Olana! Frederic Church’s house offers an incredible palette of nearly every color in the r...
04/17/2020

Here’s some family fun! Color Olana! Frederic Church’s house offers an incredible palette of nearly every color in the rainbow. We thought you might enjoy the chance to create your own version of Olana. Share your creations from Olana's Coloring Book using #ColorOlana. We can’t wait to see what you make! 'The Story of an Artist and His Home' is available online for download at OLANA.org/Resources

This iconic 1871 painting, shared by our National Advisory Council member Betsy Kornhauser, is another Frederic Church w...
04/17/2020

This iconic 1871 painting, shared by our National Advisory Council member Betsy Kornhauser, is another Frederic Church work featured in the 150th anniversary exhibition 'Making the Met', 1870-2020.' As visitors to Olana know well, Church was as thoughtful and passionate a student of architecture as any painter who ever lived. His long-awaited encounter with this ancient Parthenon on an 1869 trip did not disappoint. The #OlanaCollection reveals a secret of this painting...

Church purchased a number of photographs of the structure while in Athens and used them in making the finished oil, including one intriguing instance in which he drew lines of perspective directly onto the photograph to work out its arrangement on the canvas! Church historian Gerald Carr has hypothesized that Church's use of photography in making this painting was a matter of prioritizing his valuable time; having the photograph for the basic data of the building allowed him to focus his on-site sketching on fine details and foreground interest. We hope to explore Frederic Church's little known use of photography in a future exhibition, stay tuned!

Special Membership Offer! Starting today until the end of April, new and renewing members of The Olana Partnership enjoy...
04/16/2020

Special Membership Offer! Starting today until the end of April, new and renewing members of The Olana Partnership enjoy two additional months of Frederic Church's Olana. Virtual access to #YourOlana includes webinars, virtual events and tours for an exclusive, behind the scenes look at Olana from the comfort of your home. Become a member at OLANA.org/Membership

04/15/2020

April is #GardenMonth, so it’s only fitting we celebrate Laurie Olin, a true visionary of public gardens and landscapes! Olana honored Laurie Olin with the 2017 Frederic Church Award for his vast accomplishments in the world of landscape architecture and in the design of public parks. Laurie’s full interview about what Olana means to him and video about his work is available at OLANA.org/LaurieOlin

04/14/2020

Olana's historic Mingled Flower Garden attracts gorgeous hummingbirds thanks to the hard work and dedicated care of Master Gardener, Mary Hughes. Have you spotted any hummingbirds at Olana? @lolamoonflo sure has! 😍

#RecreateLocal and watch The Mingled Garden bloom. Olana's landscape remains open daily from 8 AM to sunset. All are welcomed, including leashed dogs. Please practice #SocialDistancing by staying at least 6 feet apart from others at all times. Olana is a carry in, carry out park. Please do your part to keep Olana beautiful.

Happy 150th birthday to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York! Did you know that Frederic Church was one of the found...
04/13/2020

Happy 150th birthday to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York! Did you know that Frederic Church was one of the founding trustees of the institution established on April 13, 1870? In addition to many other contributions to the Met, Church's global travels and interests made him the de facto founder of its distinguished collection of the native art of Latin America. In 1893, Church gifted two important Toltec stone reliefs made between the 10th and 13th-century a.d. in what is now Mexico, each showing an eagle eating a cactus fruit. He indicated in a letter of the period that he envisioned these impressive objects being displayed in a future gallery of the art of all the Americas, a concept ahead of its time. This object is included in the 150th-anniversary exhibition 'Making the Met, 1870-2020', which we very much hope will be open to the public soon!

Toltec artist, Eagle Relief, 10th-13th century Mesoamerica. Andesite or dacite and paint, 27 1/2 × 29 1/2 × 3 in. Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Frederic E. Church, 1893.

We're enjoying all the Church posts by @humboldt2020! Many of these are works included in the postponed exhibition @amer...
04/13/2020

We're enjoying all the Church posts by @humboldt2020! Many of these are works included in the postponed exhibition @americanart. This July 1853 drawing, part of the trove of sketches that Louis Palmer Church transferred from Olana to @cooperhewitt, gives valuable insight into Frederic Church's techniques. The text at lower right reads "Bamboo - color - like willows and a strong resemblance otherwise. Stems light or dark according to circumstances." This practice of layering images with text to record important information was learned from Thomas Cole [@thomascolesite] and a key tool in making the large, meticulously detailed finished canvases for which Church became famous.
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#repost @humboldt2020 In the second volume of Kosmos, Humboldt laid out his advice to landscape painters, urging them to appreciate nature both aesthetically and scientifically: "to resolve beneath his touch the great enchantment of nature." Frederic Church, who marked this passage in his personal copy of the book, obviously took Humboldt's advice to heart.

#WhoIsHumboldt #humboldt2020 #AlexanderVonHumboldt #AvH250 #FredericChurch #FredericEdwinChurch #Cosmos #Kosmos #landscape #landscapepainting

Spring is here and the landscape at Olana is beautiful! Frederic Church’s sweeping views, 5 miles of historic carriage r...
04/12/2020

Spring is here and the landscape at Olana is beautiful! Frederic Church’s sweeping views, 5 miles of historic carriage roads, 250 acres of artist-designed landscape are open from 8 AM to sunset. All are welcomed, including leashed dogs. Please be mindful, respectful, and safe by practicing #SocialDistancing and staying at least 6 feet apart from others at all times. Olana is a carry in, carry out park. Please do your part to keep Olana beautiful.

We're happy to see visitors out enjoying Frederic Church's landscape! We've been asking our visitors what brings them to...
04/11/2020

We're happy to see visitors out enjoying Frederic Church's landscape! We've been asking our visitors what brings them to this incredible site. Here's what one visitor had to say: "I only recently began coming to Olana to paint. Olana is so expansive and full of history -- there are so many different settings to be inspired by on site." - Billie (Hudson, NY)


Olana's landscape remains open from 8 AM to sunset. All are welcomed, including leashed dogs. Please be mindful, respectful, and safe by practicing #SocialDistancing and staying at least 6 feet apart from others at all times. Olana is a carry in, carry out park. Please do your part to keep Olana beautiful.

04/11/2020
Discover Petra on Google

“Imagine the effect of this shining temple after a long tramp through the narrow - gloomy gorge in front. Of course I was too astounded to do anything but stare at the temple for some time.” Artist Frederic Church wrote extensive letters and journal entries documenting his 1868 expedition in Jordan to paint Petra. He was one of a handful of American and European artists who successfully visited the ancient site. His writings vividly recall the diplomatic maneuvering required to gain access to Petra and record its archaeological and natural wonders. The result was one of Church's major paintings and now, an Olana icon.

You can follow in Church’s footsteps and explore Petra from your home with a Google Streetview Tour at bit.ly/PetraVirtualTour

Also, be sure to check out the audio tour following Church’s journal entries from Petra here: https://www.olana.org/tour-category/audio/

Just like Megan here, our favorite #SocialDistancing activity is going for solitary walks at Olana! We love that visitor...
04/10/2020

Just like Megan here, our favorite #SocialDistancing activity is going for solitary walks at Olana! We love that visitors are getting outside to discover Olana, Frederic Church's incredible 250-acre, designed landscape! Free Audio Tours of Olana's Historic Landscape are available for streaming or download here: https://www.olana.org/tour-category/audio/

The landscape, including 5 miles of historic carriage roads, remains open daily from 8 AM to sunset. All are welcomed, including leashed dogs. Please be mindful, respectful, and safe by practicing #SocialDistancing and staying at least 6 feet apart from others at all times. Olana is a carry in, carry out park. Please do your part to keep Olana beautiful.

04/10/2020
A Garden Tour with Olana's Master Gardener, Mary Hughes

Take a walk in Olana’s Historic Mingled Garden with our incredible Master Gardener, Mary Hughes! The daffodils are blooming beautifully and Mary shares some expert knowledge on the different varieties. Plus, a look into what’s to come! We can’t wait to see the Fritillaria in full bloom 😍

#RecreateLocal and visit Olana to watch The Mingled Garden grow. All are welcomed, including leashed dogs. Please be mindful, respectful, and safe by practicing #SocialDistancing and staying at least 6 feet apart from others at all times. Olana is a carry in, carry out park. Please do your part to keep Olana beautiful.

Today is the perfect day to curl up with a great book of poetry during #NationalPoetryMonth! Frederic Church's library i...
04/09/2020

Today is the perfect day to curl up with a great book of poetry during #NationalPoetryMonth! Frederic Church's library includes poetry ranging from classics such as Homer’s 'Iliad' and 'Odyssey', Dante’s 'Divine Comedy', and Shakespeare's sonnets to books by Edgar Allan Poe and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (two American poets in his social circle). Pictured here is an early edition of Emily Dickinson’s Poems in the Church family library. This treasure inspired us to share one of our favorites poems, along with a brightly colored hummingbird that can be found here at Olana! Thank you, Lola Moonflo Photography, for this beautiful photograph.

Has poetry inspired you lately? Let us know below!

Images: (1) Hummingbird Photo by Lola Moonflo Photography (2) Emily Dickinson, Poems, edited by Mael Loomis Todd and T.W. Higginson. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1891. #OlanaCollection NY State Parks & Historic Sites

The Alexander von Humboldt exhibition Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery that is currently shuttere...
04/09/2020

The Alexander von Humboldt exhibition Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery that is currently shuttered includes a treasured work by Frederic Church, 'West Rock, New Haven' (1849). This painting, from the spectacular collection of New Britain Museum of American Art, is an early Church masterpiece. There may be a playful message in this well-loved picture (for which Olana owns the key preparatory drawing): an intriguing suggestion first made by Middlebury College Professor, Christoper Wilson, and relayed in the post below. What do you think: just another lovely landscape or a sly reference to the friendship of the good-humored painter and his patron?


#Repost @humboldt2020:
Soon after becoming an independent artist, Church met Cyrus Field, early patron and friend of Church's who would have an out-sized impact on his career. Church's "West Rock, New Haven" can be read as a punning testament to their friendship, as it shows both a church and a field.

#WhoIsHumboldt #humboldt2020 #AvH250 #FredericChurch #FredericEdwinChurch #CyrusField #CyrusWestField #landscape #landscapepainting

We love the work of artist Eileen Murphy! 💙 Olana and its spectacular views serve as inspiration for artists everywhere....
04/08/2020

We love the work of artist Eileen Murphy! 💙 Olana and its spectacular views serve as inspiration for artists everywhere. Eileen writes: "The Hudson River has in many ways been my main artery; I’ve lived at various points along it and ridden Amtrak and Metro-North up and down it for my entire life. My life changes and there is the river, still. There is a quote in a book by Hilary Mantel that I think of often: ‘What is forty years in the life of a river?’ I’m 38 now so that reverberates with me. Olana is particularly special because of the weight of the other eyes that have looked at the river over time. It’s an honor to be able to continue the tradition of the other artists who have found inspiration there."


Painting Credits: (1) Eileen Murphy, ‘Flare Up Like a Flame And Make Shadows I Can Move In,’ 2019. Oil on panel, 24 x 36 in. Carrie Haddad Gallery (2) Eileen Murphy, ‘Elegy II (Between River and Stone),’ 2018. Oil on panel, 16 x 16 in. Garvey Simon

Because of his global travels and varied interests, Frederic Church pops up in the most unexpected places! One example: ...
04/08/2020
This Fireball Ignored the Solar System’s One-Way Signs

Because of his global travels and varied interests, Frederic Church pops up in the most unexpected places! One example: a recent article in The New York Times about a 2017 meteoroid that traced an impressive, fiery path across the sky over Australia, as captured by the instruments of the Desert Fireball Network shown here. This event reminded the writer of a fascinating painting by Church, which used to hang on the walls of Olana, of a similar phenomenon that occurred 1860 referred to as "the double meteor." That astonishing event was taken by many to be a sign from the Heavens about the Civil War, so it is no surprise that it impacted luminaries of the day like Church and Walt Whitman who referenced the spectacle in their work. Read here: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/30/science/fireball-meteor-australia.html

A meteoroid that grazed the night sky over Australia in 2017 took a very unusual path away from Earth.

We're revisiting some past exhibitions as we all #StayatHome. We love this rich essay that Columbia University in the Ci...
04/07/2020

We're revisiting some past exhibitions as we all #StayatHome. We love this rich essay that Columbia University in the City of New York professor and MoMA The Museum of Modern Art curator Barry Bergdoll wrote for Olana's 2019 exhibition 'In Frederic Church's Ombra: Architecture in Conversation with Nature.' This essay places Olana, and its intriguing "outdoor rooms," in dialogue with a global tradition of design practices focused on the enjoyment of nature, something we can all appreciate these days! You can read this piece at OLANA.org/BarryBergdoll

We so miss Olana's Historic Interiors but continue to access our wonderful #MuseumfromHome! Enjoy more stunning photos b...
04/07/2020

We so miss Olana's Historic Interiors but continue to access our wonderful #MuseumfromHome! Enjoy more stunning photos by Carolyn Marks Blackwood. Carolyn reflects on her experience photographing the Main House: "As a photographer who loves color, it was a joy to shoot at Olana. I so enjoyed being in Frederic Church's house. His color palette is delicious and unexpected, and his aesthetics and his collections of things -- from books to sombreros -- showed me his interests and even his sense of humor."

What in Frederic Church's Main House would you like to see next? Comment below!





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04/06/2020

What an inspiring video by Caldwell Gallery Hudson! Thanks for supporting Olana as a business sponsor and sharing the beauty of Olana with others.

Repost @CaldwellGalleryHudson: When I awoke yesterday on April Fool’s Day and saw the beautiful sky and sun I pondered where I should take a morning walk. And seconds later the voice in my head whispered “Olana”. The profoundly unique home of famous Hudson River School artist Frederic Church (1826-1900) sits high atop a hill just outside Hudson, NY. In 1870, he began the construction of a Persian-inspired mansion on the hilltop, and the family moved into the home in the summer of 1872. Olana is one of the few intact artists' home, studio, and estate complexes in the United States; it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965, and is also on the National Register of Historic Places. The house is a prime example of Orientalist architecture, with heavy Moorish and Persian (modern day Iran) influences. Architect Calvin Vaux and Church collaborated extensively to create the artist’s stunning vision, named after a hilltop fortress he had seen on travels to modern day Armenia. Today, the house and land are conserved as the Olana State Historic Site. The Olana Partnership is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and interpret Church’s Olana, a National Historic Landmark within the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. Olana can use your help. We’re proud Business Advocate sponsors. And no amount is too small in helping to support the important mission of this magic place as it faces difficult times due to Covid-19’s far reaching negative impact. So, if you’re ever near Hudson NY, and you see a house atop a hill, I’d suggest stopping in. The grounds are open (free) every day of the year, and docent tours of the house (suspended until clearance from Covid) are highly recommended. Mr. Church, you built quite a special “church”! #olanahouse #olana #olanastatehistoricsite #fredericchurch #fredericschurch #hudsonriverschool #hudsonriverschoolartist #hudsonny #hilltophome #greenportny #columbiacountyny #nationalhistoriclandmark #nationalhistoricregister #nationalhistoricsite

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5720 State Route 9G
Hudson, NY
12534

Amtrak to Hudson, NY, then 5 miles by taxi to Olana.

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Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

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Looks like Plans A Beautiful Place 😍
My wife and I are showing our art in Rhinebeck for a fundrasier on March Sixth and this is one of our pieces
Do I have to take a tour to see the house?
Our beloved dog Olana #DogsofOlana
What a beautiful Place!
Have you seen this place is using the Olana name?
A good place to visit; great views.
Olana State Historic Site . Yes
My personal " Light In Hudson" Come spend a day at Olana, You will Not regret it ....I walked through those Doors in 1990...Never to return,(so to speak)....15 years ago I moved to NY.to be near Olana and work for Them,But O---Well-----That did Not happen--I am a Member though,and Live in BEAUTIFUL Schoharie County,With Many Wonderful Friends....BLESSINGS On All.
This is the perfect time of year to visit Olana and savor the beauty surrounding. The 360 degree view says it all. Best to all at Olana.
Be fitting of Olana