Our History


The structures and landscapes at The Point have languished since Robert Moses seized the site in 1962 to unite Mills and Norrie Parks into a single recreation area. Over the more than half century since, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) has made valiant efforts toward rescuing the property’s nationally-significant  country seat, often referred to as Hoyt House, designed by Calvert Vaux in 1855. Today we recognize that saving The Point’s Vaux-designed landscape and panoramic views of the Hudson River is equally important.

 

  • In the early 1980s, then NYS Parks Commissioner Joan Kaplan Davidson and Deputy Commissioner for Historic Preservation Wint Aldrich hosted a symposium of scholars and designers to help determine a course of action that could save The Point.

 

  • Beginning in 1993, NYS Parks began to undertake a broad range of professional studies and surveys necessary to conduct and fund major restoration and adaptive reuse.

 

  • CVPA was founded in 2007 to advance the legacy of Calvert Vaux and to restore The Point.

 

  • From 2011 to 2013, CVPA worked with NYS Parks to secure and implement $320,000 Save America’s Treasures and $320,000 Environmental Protection Fund grants to stabilize Hoyt House; helped raise additional match from New York Works and private donors. Needs and opportunities for The Point’s structures and setting were detailed in the 2013 Mills Norrie Master Plan.

 

  • Over the most recent decade, Parks and CVPA have worked together to develop funding for, and complete, more than $1 million in Hoyt House stabiliIization and restoration projects. The home’s slate roof was replaced, its chimneys rebuilt, gutters restored, a ramshackle twentieth–century addition removed, and masonry walls were stabilized and repointed.

 

  • In 2017 CVPA partnered with Boston Architectural College (BAC) and NYS Parks to conduct an Historic Preservation Field School. One undergraduate and six graduate students attended a 10-day Field School at The Point. Working together with preservation professionals from NYS Parks and the CVPA Board, BAC students contributed new documentation needed for continued restoration projects at The Point.

 

  • In 2018, a student from the 2017 BAC Field School served as a NYS Parks intern documenting The Point’s barn complex.

 

  • Most recently, CVPA solicited proposals from major historic preservation architecture firms to prioritize and plan next steps for restoration. Now we are seeking funding to implement the proposals which outline a 10-year, multi-million dollar plan to restore and sustainably reuse The Point.

 

  • The CVPA Board has outlined a leadership structure that can help us attract and support the many professionals and community leaders needed to fully restore The Point and sustainably redeploy it.

 

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