The Dr. Oliver Bronson House, Hudson

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The Plumb-Bronson House, also known as the Dr. Oliver Bronson House and Stables, is a historic landmark in Hudson, New York.
The house was originally built for Samuel Plumb, who purchased the site in 1811. The construction of the house has been attributed to local builder Barnabas Waterman (1776-1839), but the identity of its architect, if there was one, remains unknown. Alterations and additions to the house were designed by architect Alexander Jackson Davis and constructed in 1839 and 1849 for Dr. Oliver Bronson, who purchased the property in 1838. Davis' work converted the house into an early example of the Hudson River Bracketed style. Dr Bronson was the heir to an affluent banking family and was probably introduced to Davis by his brother in law, Robert Donaldson. The grounds may be an early example of the work of landscape architect Andrew Jackson Downing.
Bronson sold the house in 1853. In the twentieth century portions of the property became the site of a girls' school, now used as a prison. The house and its immediate grounds are now leased by Historic Hudson, Inc., who have begun a restoration program.
The Plumb-Bronson house was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2003.
The house was a setting of the 2012 film Bourne Legacy.
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  • Might never get done of course but the Historic Hudson enthusiasts are doing it right. The house is a fascinating study of a project committed to the pursuit of perfection. When it’s open as it was...  more »
  • My husband and I visited here over Memorial Day weekend as a part of the Design Hudson open house. This house is stunning! The staircase alone is worth a visit. I loved that you were able to explore.....  more »

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