Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance

Mission Statement

Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit advocacy organization that is committed to preserving the architectural and landscape design legacy of Calvert Vaux and related designers, particularly in the vicinity of New York State's magnificent Hudson River Valley. CVPA is the friends' group for the Hoyt House ("The Point") in Staatsburg, NY, by agreement with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. CVPA's mission also includes advocacy for Vaux creations and co-creations such as the Newburgh City Club (the Culbert House), Manhattan's Central Park and the Hudson River State Hospital in Poughkeepsie. In addition, we remain quite concerned about the future of A.J. Davis' Dutch Reformed Church in Newburgh.

Hoyt House or "The Point"
fter beginning his architecural career in England, Calvert Vaux came to America in 1850 at the invitation of... Andrew Jackson Downing. In 1856 he moved to New York City and asked Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect, to join him in preparing a design for Central Park. During the next thirty-eight years in New York, Vaux defended and refined his vision of Central Park and pursued a distinguished architectural practice. After the Civil War, he and Olmsted led the nascent American park movement with their designs for parks in many American cities. And as a pioneering advocate for apartment houses in American cities, Vaux designed buildings that mirrored the advance of urbanization in America, including early model-housing for the poor. His works also include many Gothic and Palladian style dwellings, the original portions of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History, and a stunning proposal for a vast iron and glass building to house Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. Most notable, perhaps, are the many bridges and other structures that he designed for Central Park."

-from Country, Park & City: The Architecture and Life of Calvert Vaux by Francis R. Kowsky

Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance awarded $320,000 New York State Environmental Protection Fund grant for Hoyt House - Click here for full press release.

New York State Office of Parks awarded $320,000 Save America's Treasures grant for Hoyt House by National Park Service - Click here for full press release.
Upcoming Events

Saturday, June 21, 2014 - Vaux in Kingston Walking Tour - Architectural Historian Francis Kowsky and local Kingston Historian Lowell Thing will be your tour guides. Meet 1:00 corner of West Chestnut and Broadway, Kingston. Admission $20 for non-members, $15 for members. A wonderful way to spend the first day of summer! This event is being generously sponsored by Cornell Street Studios and Darmstadt Overhead Doors, both of Kingston. for more information

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