A Trip to Olana in Hudson, New York

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Frederic Edwin Church was as much a painter of the American landscape as he was a globe-trotter. He traveled to Europe, South America, the Arctic and the Middle East and one such voyage to the far shores of ancient Persia influenced him enough to model his own home in a style which clearly stood out among the colonial homes of the mid-nineteenth century. He named it Olana, set it amidst 250 acres of land and worked on every detail, both exterior and interior, creating a masterpiece, much like one of his renowned paintings.

Church was a student of Thomas Cole, who is regarded as the founder of the Hudson River School, the first truly American style of landscape painting. Built on a hill in Hudson, Church’s Olana offers sweeping views of the Catskill Mountains, the Hudson River and the Taconic Hills. The Rip Van Winkle Bridge spanning the Hudson River, is one such view worth visiting the place for.

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