Olana - Home of Frederic Church - American Artist
Share |
Olana State Historic Site
Home of Frederic Church - American Hudson River Artist
5720 Route 9-G
Hudson, NY 12534
Phone:    (518) 828-0135

Located in Hudson, NY - Columbia County - Olana is a masterpiece created by Frederic Edwin Church (1826 - 1900), one of the most renowned American artists of the Hudson River School. The stone, brick, and polychrome stenciled Persian-style villa is the best known element of Olana. Church designed "the castle" as the family home for his wife and four children, as well as a multidimensional work of art. Church's architectural approach paralleled the way he planned his artwork - first pencil sketches, followed by more finished colored sketches, then creation.

The exotically furnished interior remains as it was during Church's lifetime, decorated with an eclectic mixture reflecting Church's aesthetic sense, objects from Church's extensive travels, and paintings by the artist and his friends. Notable is the intricate stenciling on both the exterior of the building and the interior rooms. Each decorative stencil was created by Church, its design inspired by his travels to the Middle East and illustrations from books in his extensive library. The site also has the last of Church's studios, built as an addition to his home in 1888-1890.

Olana encompasses the house, the farm and the entire 250-acre estate owned by Frederic Church. The picturesque landscape, with panoramic vistas of the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains, like the house, was designed by Church. Over a 40-year period he transformed 250 acres of treeless farm fields into an artistic composition encompassing a lake, park, farm, extensive road system, and gardens. Visitors throughout the year enjoy guided and self-guided tours of the Church-inspired landscape.

Hudson Valley:

Apple Picking Tips

Apple Orchards 

Pumpkin Picking 

Hay Rides

Corn Mazes

& More

Click Here!
Transfer your
Mini DV, VHS, VHS-C, Hi-8, 8mm,
16mm, Slides
and Photos
to DVD
Serving the
Hudson Valley & USA!
Your video.
Your page.
Your story.
Get yours today.

Call 845.538.9600
Hudson Valley Web TV
"Let us show you around..."
We're your HudsonValley Community Connection, Video and Information Guide
Things to do, places to go, restaurants, shopping,  classes, spas, events, attractions, tourism and more . . .