The scenic stretch of Livingston family estates along the Hudson River offers some of the finest examples of American architecture and landscape design, now photographed by Pieter Estersohn in his book Life Along the Hudson, the Historic Country Estates of the Livingston Family (Rizzoli, 2018). Thirty-five featured homes were designed in a range of styles by notable architects Stanford White, A. J. Davis, Calvert Vaux, Warren and Wetmore, and others.
Included are Dutch colonial cottages and grand Gothic Revival, Federal, Georgian, and Beaux-Arts residences. Constructed on land owned by the Livingston family, who settled in the area in the late seventeenth century.
Pieter Estersohn has worked on over 60 books on historic preservation, architecture, and decoration and has worked for every major shelter magazine. Estersohn purchased Staats Hall, in nearby Red Hook in 2010, and restored the 1839 home using early 19th century techniques and materials. He is presently working on a book with Rizzoli on agriculture in the Hudson River Valley and the new wave of farmers taking the lead.
The Columbia County Historical Society (CCHS) will continue their 2022 Winter-Spring Lecture Series on Saturday, February 19th with “Life Along The Hudson, The Livingstons in Columbia County,” a virtual lecture by Estersohn. The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer conversation.
This lecture will begin at 4:30 pm, and will be held via Zoom. Tickets are $10 for CCHS members, $15 for non-members. For more information or to register, click here.
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