A living room with large windows overlooking a lake.

Modernism in the Hudson Valley

For the Hudson River school artists of the 19th century, location was paramount; a Thomas Cole painting captures every detail of a carefully selected Catskills mountainside. But the architecture of the day was far less site-specific. Mansions on the Hudson River were generally Greek Revival or neo-Gothic piles, perhaps angled to get the best views, but otherwise barely impacted by their spectacular surroundings.

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