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Hudson in Columbia County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Olana Viewshed

 
 
Olana Viewshed Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 11, 2006
1. Olana Viewshed Marker
Inscription.  

This landscape made famous
by Hudson River School painter
Frederick F. Church 1826-1900

Protected by
The Scenic Hudson Land Trust

With funding from the Lila Acheson & Dewitt Wallace
Fund for the Hudson Highlands

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music.
 
Location. 42° 13.16′ N, 73° 50.045′ W. Marker is in Hudson, New York, in Columbia County. Marker is at the intersection of Rhinebeck-Hudson Road (New York State Route 23) and Rhinebeck-Hudson Road (New York State Route 9G), on the right when traveling south on Rhinebeck-Hudson Road. Marker is located beside the highway, along the exit ramp connecting New York Highway 23 east to New York Highway 9G south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hudson NY 12534, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Columbia County (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Olana Viewshed (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Columbia County
Olana Viewshed Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
2. Olana Viewshed Marker (wide view)
(about 800 feet away); a different marker also named Columbia County (approx. ¼ mile away); Ridge Road (approx. ¼ mile away); Frederick Church and Olana (approx. ¼ mile away); Studio and Viewshed (approx. 0.4 miles away); North Road (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hudson.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Viewshed.
Frederic Church carefully designed Olana’s 250 acres with an artist’s eye to his property’s 360-degree “borrowed” views of neighboring hills, valleys, the Hudson River and distant mountains. The views beyond Olana – its “viewshed” – were an essential part of Church’s original composition. The Olana Viewshed was Church’s muse, and in the 21st century it remains a vital part of Olana’s integrity as a complete work of art. Over the last few decades, a collaborative effort among preservation organizations, governmental divisions and private landowners has resulted in the protection of important views from Olana. (Submitted on April 10, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Olana Viewshed.
Scenic Hudson has conserved more than 1,600 acres of forests and farm fields surrounding Olana, hilltop home
Olana Viewshed Marker (<i>New York Hwy 23 exit to 9G; marker just ahead right; Olana top</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 11, 2006
3. Olana Viewshed Marker (New York Hwy 23 exit to 9G; marker just ahead right; Olana top)
of renowned 19th-century landscape painter Frederic Church, preserving views he and other Hudson River School artists immortalized on canvas. Today Olana State Historic Site is owned by the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and is one of the Hudson Valley's most important and impressive tourist destinations. (Submitted on April 10, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Olana marks 50th anniversary with focus on 'viewshed'.
A little over 50 years ago, Jacqueline Kennedy called in a favor from her brother-in-law, Robert. At risk was a sprawling, eccentric, historic expanse in Hudson, what many now consider a three-dimensional masterwork of the Hudson River School. At issue was a state bill that would purchase the property and keep it from being sold. At the forefront were journalists, historians, curators and assorted luminaries — Jackie included — who had launched an exhaustive fundraising and awareness-raising campaign that helped save the site and continues to this day. (Submitted on April 10, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Olana (<i>view from near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 11, 2006
4. Olana (view from near marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 11, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 10, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 101 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 10, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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