Olana State Historic Site, NYS OPRHP, Greenport, NY
The Olana State Historic Site was the home of renowned Hudson River School artist Frederic Edwin Church (1826–1900). During his time at Olana, Church carefully crafted the site to mimic the romantic landscapes depicted in many of his paintings. Hundreds of trees and shrubs were artfully planted to frame vistas outward toward the Hudson River and distant Catskill Mountains, as well as looking back toward his unique Byzantine styled hilltop mansion that serves as the centerpiece of these unique grounds. Over the years many of these historic vistas have been lost to the natural re-growth of forest areas.
Under the guidance of the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and The Olana Partnership, Saratoga Associates was entrusted to restore important views on and around the Olana property. Notably, Saratoga Associates utilized its skills in landscape architecture, arboriculture, and site visualization technology to recreate the historically significant view of the Olana Mansion from Crown Hill as originally designed by Frederic Church. Previously overgrown, Crown Hill is now a popular trail destination at the Olana State Historic Site offering framed views of the ponds, meadows and the historic mansion atop Church’s Hill.