Olana State Historic Site, Hudson

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Former home of American landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church, Olana State Historic Site, features a Persian-inspired mansion replete with art exhibits and wide-open views of the Hudson River Valley. Nestled in 100 hectares (250 acres) of natural landscape, the mansion boasts brick, wood, slate, and ceramic exterior of an asymmetrical and irregular silhouette. Take a guided tour of the house and grounds--thought to be among the most intact art designed landscapes in the United States--to admire its striking design, including amber-boarded windows and golden natural lighting. You'll have the opportunity to follow 8 km (5 mi) of garden roads, which will lead you through native woodlands, meadows, orchards, and a lake setting. Start your trip to Hudson by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.
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  • Excellent views of the Hudson Valley from the Frederick Church home. The house wasn't open for a tour, so check the schedule before you go. The trails are wide and windy. but marked a bit misleading.....  more
    Excellent views of the Hudson Valley from the Frederick Church home. The house wasn't open for a tour, so check the schedule before you go. The trails are wide and windy. but marked a bit misleading.....  more »
  • Very unique spot. The original owner, artist Frederic Church, packed this home full of artifacts from all over the world, from many cultures. Asian, Arabic, English influence. Rich fabrics... 
    Very unique spot. The original owner, artist Frederic Church, packed this home full of artifacts from all over the world, from many cultures. Asian, Arabic, English influence. Rich fabrics...  more »
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  • Nicely maintained historic site. Very good docents. Nice gift shop. Just be sure to read the fine print when you sign up for a tour: most tours don't cover the entire site or even the entire HOUSE! Read carefully! But worth the visit in any event!
  • Gorgeous house, I think the most well preserved art space I've seen so far! The views are indeed breathtaking and a great spot for painting, photography and inspiration. The tour of the house felt a bit expensive for my budget. 20 dollars for just the first floor, 10 extra for the top floor. They're both 45 min I think. To me, it felt short and I could have done both floors in one tour. I didn't do the top floor or grounds tour. The grounds tour looked cool, you get to ride around in a cart. The gift shop was really nice, if not a bit crowded and tight. Packed with lots of cool stuff and a wide range of items and prices. There's also a 12 min video you can watch about the property in case you want to learn more before buying tickets.

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