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 restore the Calvert Vaux-designed viewshed at The Point, create a compelling visitor experience, and build a community that speaks up for saving The Point!” READ about our 2020 project to restore The Point Viewshed below > > >
Your support makes our work possible!
CVPA is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization.
Donations by check may be written to:
Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance
and mailed to:
P.O. Box 213
Staatsburg NY 12580
About The Point Landscape & Viewshed
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.