Frederic Church's Olana: An American Treasure

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.

Frederic Church's Olana | Trailer

Located high on a hill overlooking the Catskill Mountains and scenic Hudson River, Olana is the great masterpiece of Frederic Edwin Church.

Support Provided By

Columbia Memorial Health Logo in green with the letters CMH and a green emblem to the left
Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Logo with a dark blue circle, gold writing, and a gold star with some illustrated river waves and a ship
The Marks Family Foundation Logo in a black, serif font

Educational Support Provided By

Columbia Greene Community College Logo in black all caps serif font with a green, yellow, and orange square emblem to the left

Frederic Church's Olana: An American Treasure | Preview

Frederic Church's Olana: An American Treasure

Explore Olana, the home and studio of Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church.

The Saving of Olana | An American Treasure

In 1964, Olana was on the verge of being lost forever.

The Arts | Thomas Cole & Hudson Valley Painters

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

The Hudson River Skywalk

Explore a pedestrian walkway that links Olana with the Thomas Cole National Historic Site.