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Click here to watch The Saving of Olana | An American Treasure as seen on AHA! A House for Arts.

 

Olana, located high on a hill overlooking the majestic Catskill Mountains and scenic Hudson River, is the great masterpiece of American landscape painter, Frederic Edwin Church. Church was born in 1826 and went on to become the most successful representative of America’s first art movement, the Hudson River School. Church designed the picturesque landscape, network of carriage roads, farm complex and Persian inspired villa that comprise the 250 acre estate of Olana. Church traveled the globe painting the natural environment and amassing an extensive collection of paintings and decorative art from around the world. The documentary recounts the dramatic rescue of a national treasure that was nearly destroyed by disbursement in the mid-1960s and how the location of the home and Church's paintings of the surrounding have played a role in preserving the view shed of the Hudson River Valley.  

 

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Capital region: The birthplace of the first American art movement, the Hudson River School