and also dramatic...extraordinary in all seasons...but particularly beautiful in its bleakness of winter..rising up from the top of the mountain as winter winds battle the ancient fortress looking tower,
Warm weather picnics on the lawn...and a watershed view suggesting just why the inspiration of Mr Church to create this odd and wonderful compilation of architectural
elements landed there.
Interior. with it scrim shades always drawn ( preservation issues) also creates a mood. the grand oak staircase quite wonderous and imagination runs wild thinking of the Church family doing their Sunday Theatricals on its landing..The dining room with its truly awful collection of "old Masters' ( re painted by Church himself so the legend..)
is like some out a vintage Daracula movie set.
In all. a fantasy of imagination, and one of the Hudson Valley's most precious assets
Also. the visitor center provides a great informative base to begin your visit. The small gallery. with changing exhibits. also of interest to historically interested visitors. Nearby Thomas Cole house only a 15 minute drive across the river. where is restored studio
is exceptionally interesting to lovers of the American School of Hudson River painters..
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