|Photo: Giovanni Di Mola|
He was the inspiration and genius of Historic Hudson, dedicated to fostering appreciation for the city's architectural heritage. One of his great passions was the Dr. Oliver Bronson House, and his tireless advocacy brought the house from ruinous obscurity to national recognition as one of the Hudson Valley's great architectural treasures.
He was the creator and proprietor of Rural Residence, "founded on the pursuit of beauty derived from the refined perception of the sentiment of nature." Established in 1999 (or as he preferred MCMXCIX), the shop was elegantly and impeccably curated, before the term curate became au courant. Every object and its placement reflected his discernment and unwavering commitment to beauty. Every visit to the shop was a chance to bask in an environment infused by his incomparable good taste and gentle spirit.
Our loss, as individuals who knew and loved him and as a community ennobled by his life among us, defies expression.
"Good-night, sweet prince. And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."