The concern is not only for the preservation of a historic house and the architectural integrity of the immediate neighborhood but also for the viewshed. The proposed new house is expected to be much more conspicuous in the view from the river and from the bridge, in direct opposition to the goals of the Skywalk Project now underway, a walkway between the Thomas Cole House and Olana with three observation decks on the bridge for viewing the landscape.
The Catskill Planning Board is holding a public hearing on the project tonight, Monday, October 16, at 7:15 p.m., at the Senior Center, 15 Academy Street, in Catskill. Residents of Catskill and others concerned with preserving and protecting historic architecture and scenic views are encouraged to be present.
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