Olana is a 250-acre artist-designed landscape with a Persian-inspired house at its summit, embracing unrivaled panoramic views of the vast Hudson River Valley. The eminent Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church designed Olana, his family home, studio, and estate as an integrated environment embracing architecture, art, landscape, and conservation ideals.
The former home and studio of two of America’s foremost abstract painters, a National Historic Landmark, preserves the environment that inspired them and contains evidence of their creative processes. Wearing special padded slippers, visitors walk on the studio floor covered with the brilliant colors and rhythmic gestures found in Pollock’s masterpieces. On the studio walls, evidence of Krasner’s dynamic painting technique is visible.
The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation preserves and interprets the historic home, studio, and art collections of renowned American sculptor Chaim Gross and his wife Renee. The Grosses purchased the Foundation’s Greenwich Village building in 1962, renovating the industrial space into a modernist home and ground floor sculpture studio. In addition to being a prolific artist, Gross was also a collector, educator, and designer. Gross worked with two architects, Arthur Malsin and Don Reiman, on the 1962-63 Modernist renovations of the LaGuardia Place building. Included in the design decisions made by Gross are the end-grain floor in the studio and oak handrails in the stairwell. He collected widely and the Foundation preserves and interprets his collections. Gross collected African, American, European, Oceanic, Pre-Columbian, and decorative arts. He also amassed an extensive art history library.
Monhegan has been an artists’ destination since the 1850s, and in the early 1900s Rockwell Kent built a house and studio, owned later by James Fitzgerald. The studio represents work practice of three significant artists, having also been used by Alice Kent Stoddard, and the sites serve as touchstones to Monhegan’s multi-generational art colony.
Roger Brown’s extensive collection of art––a mélange of objects from many cultures and genres––is preserved as an artists’ museum in an 1880s storefront building, modified by Brown into a studio, residence/collection, and garden, reflecting his aesthetic and suiting the needs of this late 20th century artist. Like stepping into the artist’s mind, the RBSC is a kaleidoscopic experience of objects arranged by Brown into a visual gesamtkunstwerk.
Saarinen House served as the home, studio, and garden of the Finnish American Saarinen family, including architect, designer, and painter Eliel Saarinen, and weaver and designer Loja Saarinen. Completed in 1930, it is a unique example of a Modern, Art Deco-style domestic space realized through Arts and Crafts methodologies.
This 190-acre site features the home, studios, and gardens of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, one of America’s greatest sculptors. More than 100 of the sculptor’s artworks are exhibited in the galleries and on the grounds. The natural beauty of mountains and forest inspired Saint-Gaudens. As you stand on the porch looking across the fields toward the mountains beyond, you also can feel the special quality of place that allowed Saint-Gaudens’ artistic vision to flourish.
Woodworker Sam Maloof is best-known for creating elegantly shaped and sculpted California Modern art furniture, but his hand-made home is perhaps his most extraordinary work of art. In a visit to the Maloof, one sees the work of a celebrated American craftsman, and experiences his mastery of light, color, and materials that create a beautiful, serene and inspirational residential environment. Visitors discover Maloof’s own work and his art collections, his gardens, and the natural landscape that inspired his greatest work.
T.C. Steele State Historic Site includes the last home and studio of Indiana landscape painter Theodore Clement Steele, a member of the Hoosier Group of American Impressionist painters. Gardens and woodlands around the House of the Singing Winds, as he named it, inspired many well-known works. Hills, woods and sky continue to inspire visitors. The historic buildings are filled with original artwork, surrounded by 211 acres of gardens and wooded trails.
This is the place where American art was born. Landscape painter Thomas Cole originated America’s first major art movement, now known as the Hudson River School, which sparked a new appreciation for the beauty of America’s landscapes. His groundbreaking achievements took place here at Cedar Grove, his home and studio. The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is a National Historic Landmark that welcomes thousands of visitors each year, featuring changing exhibitions of landscape paintings, guided tours of Cole’s gracious 1815 home and studio, and sweeping views of the Catskill Mountains that Cole loved.