With your support, the quest to rescue The Point/Hoyt House in Staatsburg, NY picked up momentum in 2019. Now we need your help to take an important “next step!”
CVPA has the opportunity to develop a compelling visitor experience that shares The Point’s historic importance and builds a community who will speak up for saving the site.
Designed by Calvert Vaux in 1855, The Point served as a canvas for Vaux to work out important compositional elements that he and Frederick Law Olmsted would use two years later in the Greensward Plan for Central Park.
Siting the Hoyt family’s country seat at The Point on a promontory overlooking the Hudson River, Vaux carefully sculpted views through the trees to the river and the Catskill Mountains beyond. These views – from the home’s grand hall, formal public rooms, dramatic wrap-around porch and circular entry drive – helped establish The Point as a pivotal moment in the evolution of American Picturesque design.
Over winter 2020, CVPA will re-establish these Vaux-designed sightlines. The project will require removing invasive trees, dead limbs and overgrowth at a cost of $75,000. The work must be completed before mid-March when the northern long-eared bat begins to nest in shoreline trees. With your support now, we can raise the $35,000 still needed to realize this important opportunity.
Please help us take this critical step toward saving The Point! Your generous support will help CVPA return The Point, with its Vaux-designed Hoyt House, views and landscape, historic barn complex and gentleman’s farm, to sustainable use and to its pivotal place in the story of American Picturesque design.
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Designed two years before architect Calvert Vaux persuaded Frederick Law Olmsted to partner with him on an entry to the competition for the design of New York City’s Central Park, Hoyt house and its promontory setting (known both individually and together as “The Point”) stand as a seminal example of the approach to picturesque design that Vaux, in partnership with Olmsted, would further develop and apply on a civic scale in Central Park. In this regard, the seeds for Central Park and for Vaux and Olmsted’s legacy-from the launching of the park movement, to the founding of the profession of landscape architecture, to the shaping of the American landscape for generations to come-were all planted at the Point.
– Chris Nolan FASLA, Chief Landscape Architect
Central Park Conservancy