Celebrate design, architecture and painterly inspiration with a busy weekend of house tours, talks and special events in Hudson, N.Y.
The second annual designer showcase for the historic town runs during Memorial Day weekend. This year has a theme of New Hudson River School, where designers will draw inspiration from the evocative landscapes of Hudson Valley School painters Thomas Cole and Frederic Church. Their contemporary twists will be on display in participating Hudson homes, which will be available for self-guided tours on Saturday and Sunday.
The weekend kicks off on Friday evening with a cocktail party at the Bronson House. A significant structure in the architectural evolution of Alexander Jackson Davis, one of the most influential architects of the 19th century, the restoration of the house became a passion project for Historic Hudson in 1997. In honor of Design Hudson, the grand house will be decked out with art, furniture and design by local artists and businesses.
Other events planned for the weekend include a panel discussion on the influence of Thomas Cole and Frederic Church on contemporary artists. The conversation will take place in a suitably inspiring setting, Hudson Hall, the restored 1855 Hudson Opera House.
A ticket for the whole weekend costs $65 or if you can’t swing the whole weekend you can buy a separate ticket for the cocktail party for $65 or for the house tours for $25 ($20 in advance.) The panel discussion and a Saturday evening celebration along Warren Street are open for free. For full details on times and locations, and to reserve your ticket, visit the event page here.
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