Back when I was an undergrad, I had my first Preservation class. It was called Introduction to Historic Preservation (original, no?) and in that class, we would sit through slide-shows (okay, power-point presentations) of historic buildings and have to identify what style they were and get an idea of the work that was involved in the preservation of that particular site.
Very early on I made acquaintance with a cute guy (now my husband) and we would site next to each other in class and critique the buildings, and sometimes we would like one enough to say it was our “Tuesday House” or “Christmas House,” meaning that when we struck it rich in the oh so lucrative field of Preservation, we would have an historic house for each day of the week and beyond (apparently we were going to be Donald Trump). So, in honor of this fond memory (however naive it may have been), I am going to start a Friday Fantasies Section where I will find a picture of a “fantasy” historic house and share a bit of information with you here.
My first choice will be a house that I first discovered that same year of undergrad during a Preservation Society trip to upstate New York. The house is Frederic Church’s: Olana.
Olana sits overlooking the picturesque Hudson Valley. Its breath-taking setting, combined with its amazing Moorish-inspired architecture makes it one of the most amazing places I’ve ever visited.
See you Monday