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Frederick Church and Olana

 
 
Frederick Church and Olana Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 30, 2007
1. Frederick Church and Olana Marker
Inscription.  Olana was the home of Hudson River School artist Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900). Church's great talent was recognized early in his life. By age 20, he had his own studio and was a well-known artist. He traveled extensively in North and South America, recording the wild natural beauty of the New World. In the late 1850s and 1860s, Church was the most famous American artist in the United States and Europe. His paintings of North and South American landscapes were viewed by thousands of people all over the world. Today Church is considered one of the most important artists of the Americas.

As a student of Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School, Church stayed in Catskill with Cole at the artist's home, Cedar Grove. Church studied and painted in the Catskill area from 1844-1846. He first visited the site that would later become Olana while sketching and studying with Cole.

One of Church's greatest contributions to 19th-century art is Olana. Church and his wife, Isabel Carnes Church (1836-1899), began creating Olana in 1860 with the acquisition of the farm and culminating with the construction of the main house in 1870.
Frederick Edwin Church & Isabel Carnes Church image. Click for full size.
By Sarony & Co., New York
2. Frederick Edwin Church & Isabel Carnes Church
Designed with thoughtfulness and vision, Olana includes a Persian-style house, an artist's studio, romantically landscaped grounds, and dramatic vistas of the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains. Olana embodies the ideas and plans of such great 19th-century architects as Hunt, Vaux, Downing, and Olmsted. Their ideas, and the artistry and showmanship of Frederic Church, became Olana, a site that captures all that was best of the 19th-century aesthetic of The Picturesque, The Beautiful, and The Sublime.

Olana remained in the Church family until 1966, when the property was saved from auction by Olana Preservation Inc. (a volunteer group led by David C. Huntington, the first of a new generation of Church scholars, art dealer Stuart Feld, and a field of local notables) and the State of New York under Governor Nelson Rockefeller. Now a New York State Historic Site, Olana remains today much as it was when Church and his wife created it.
 
Location. 42° 13.055′ N, 73° 49.76′ W. Marker is near Hudson, New York, in Columbia County. Marker can be reached from New York State Route 9G mile south of New York State Route 23. Marker is mounted at eye-level, directly on the front of the Olana Visitor Center & Museum Store building, at the Olana State Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5720 New York Route 9G, Hudson NY 12534, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
Frederick Church & Olana Marker  <i>wide view<br>(mounted just left of Visitor Center Entrance)</i> image. Click for full size.
3. Frederick Church & Olana Marker wide view
(mounted just left of Visitor Center Entrance)
markers are within walking distance of this marker. Studio and Viewshed (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Columbia County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Olana Viewshed (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Columbia County (approx. mile away); a different marker also named Columbia County (approx. mile away); a different marker also named Olana Viewshed (approx. mile away); Kitchen Garden (approx. 0.3 miles away); Icehouse (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hudson.
 
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Olana State Historic Site<br>(<i>located about 40 yards south of marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 30, 2007
4. Olana State Historic Site
(located about 40 yards south of marker)
Olana State Historic Site (<i>tower detail</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 30, 2007
5. Olana State Historic Site (tower detail)
Olana State Historic Site (<i>front detail</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 30, 2007
6. Olana State Historic Site (front detail)
Olana State Historic Site (<i>architecture/art detail</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 30, 2007
7. Olana State Historic Site (architecture/art detail)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 7, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 63 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 7, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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