Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Don't Miss Your Chance

Because of its location on the grounds of the Hudson Correctional Facility, opportunities to visit the Dr. Oliver Bronson House, Hudson's only National Historic Landmark, are necessarily few and far between. One of those rare opportunities comes this weekend and the next, and what an opportunity it is!

As it has for the past two years, Historic Hudson will open the Dr. Oliver Bronson House to the public for Path Through History Weekends, June 7 & 8 and 14 & 15. This year, for both weekends, the house will be the site of an exhibition entitled "Three Artists at the Dr. Oliver Bronson House," which features the work of Kiki Smith, Valerie Hammond, and Seton Smith.

"An extraordinary show within the confines of a remarkable structure," the exhibition will be open to visitors from noon to 5 p.m. each day. Admission to the house and the exhibition is free. On Saturday, June 7, HOUSE Hudson Valley Realty is hosting a "Meet the Artists" reception at the house from 5 to 7 p.m. A donation of $25 is suggested for the reception, which will go toward the restoration of the house. 

The Dr. Oliver Bronson House is an important survivor from the formative years of the Picturesque era in American architecture. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2003 for its association with architect Alexander Jackson Davis. Historic Hudson, which has been advocating for the house since 1997, became its legal steward in 2008, when the organization entered into a thirty-year lease with the State of New York for the purpose of stabilizing and restoring the house and making it accessible to the public through events and programs.

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