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.
Aug 24, 2013 - CVPA Fundraiser at Rokeby, just outside of Rhinebeck - We will be holding our fundraiser this year on Saturday August 24 from 2:00 until 4:30 PM at Rokeby, the historic Armstrong-Astor-Aldrich country seat in Barrytown.
Music will be provided by members of the internationally renowned neoLIT contemporary chamber ensemble. Architectural Historian Caren Yglesias, author of the new book, The Complete House and Grounds: Learning from Andrew Jackson Downing's Domestic Architecture, will present a talk on "The American Picturesque Landscape: From Downing to Vaux & Olmsted's Central Park." Lite fare will be prepared by Chef Michael Lemieux.
A minimum suggested donation of $50 per person is requested for the afternoon, payable at the door. Rokeby is located at 845 River Road, Barrytown, NY 12507. For further information email@example.com