“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Hudson in Columbia County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Cosy Cottage

Cosy Cottage Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, May 17, 2020
1. Cosy Cottage Marker
Inscription.  Frederic and Isabel Church built Cosy Cottage in 1860-61, their first year at Olana. Designed in the office of New York City architect Richard Morris Hunt, this dwelling was the family's country residence until they moved into the large house on the hill in 1872. Restored in 2005, the exterior of Cosy Cottage now appears as Frederic and Isabel knew it, and has been adaptively reused as offices. In the tradition of the "cottage orné” the Cosy Cottage had narrow, horizontal lapboard siding, jerkin-head gables, a covered porch, hooded windows, and an elaborate birdhouse.

In his letters, Church frequently mentioned his farm. To one correspondent he wrote:
"[Mrs. Church] now sits under the apple trees in luxurious contemplation of the beautiful scenes that encircle our cottage... You ought to run up and see the apple trees. These old patriarchs look like mountains of bridal bouquets."

Photos (starting left and going counterclockwise):
This artist's rendering of the cottage, probably done by Frederic E. Church, 1869-1900, shows the south and west facades as they once appeared.

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Blossoms at Olana
, Frederic E. Church, 1870.

This pre-1890 view of Cosy Cottage was taken from the cottage's entry drive. It shows the house as it once looked, complete with hammock between the trees in the yard. The wing on the left was erected in 1869 and removed in 1955. In 2005, the wing was reconstructed as part of Cosy Cottage's restoration.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music. A significant historical year for this entry is 1872.
Location. 42° 12.819′ N, 73° 49.692′ W. Marker is near Hudson, New York, in Columbia County. Marker can be reached from Olana State Historic access road, 0.6 miles New York State Route 9G, on the right when traveling south. Marker is in Olana State Historic Site near the Lake and Garden parking lot. 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. Barnyard (within shouting distance of this marker); Kitchen Garden (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brezie Farm (about 400 feet away); Icehouse (about 400 feet away); Woodshed (about 600 feet away); Studio and Viewshed (approx. 0.2 miles away); House and Environs (approx. ¼ mile away); Overview of Olana (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hudson.
Also see . . .  Olana State Historic Site
Cosy Cottage Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel
2. Cosy Cottage Marker
. (Submitted on May 19, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 19, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 236 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 19, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.

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