|What's the Point?|
The Point, and its Hoyt House mansion, located at the heart of
Mills Norrie State Park in Staatsburg, NY provide an opportunity to:
⇒ Restore Calvert Vaux to his deserved stature as the founder of the landscape architect profession who played a pivotal role in the development of the American Picturesque movement, New York City’s Central Park, Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, the American country estate, and the design of city parks and suburbs across the United States.
⇒ Establish The Point as the link between Alexander Jackson Downing and Central Park where the work of Calvert Vaux can be interpreted and experienced, giving Americans a more complete understanding of their cultural history and adding value to the site that makes the extensive restoration needed economically feasible.
⇒ Redevelop the site as a self-sustaining mixed use development with restored mansion, landscape and barn complex to facilitate commercial uses that generate revenues to make the site sustainable and help create local jobs.
⇒ Draw visitors to Mills Norrie Park and help build appreciation for the many exciting Vaux resources throughout the region, enhancing the Mid Hudson's Heritage Tourism Economy.
- Fully restored Hoyt House with one or more tenants who are compatible with historic interiors restored to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and willing to give CVPA access for daily interpretive tours and special events;
- Restored Vaux landscape accessible for daily tours;
- Restored barn complex with three or more tenants including CVPA and Boston Architectural College (BAC) Field School;
- A CVPA organization with the capacity to manage and program the site, ensuring sustainability for its restorations, building uses, and an enhanced Calvert Vaux Legacy.
2007: CVPA founded.
2011-2012: worked with NYS OPRHP to secure & implement $320,000 Save America’s Treasures & $320,000 Environmental Protection Fund grants to stabilize Hoyt House; raised additional match: New York Works & private donors.
2015: Completed more than $1 million in Hoyt House stabilization/restoration, including slate roof replaced, chimneys rebuilt, gutters restored, ramshackle 20th–century addition removed & masonry walls stabilized/repointed.
2016-2017: Leadership change; new leadership includes several professionals with restoration & project management skills.
2017: Produced Boston Architectural College (BAC) Historic Preservation Field School at The Point.
2018: BAC Field School student interned in NY State Parks Taconic Office that oversees The Point, documenting conditions for the barn complex.
2019: Additional BAC internships & 2020 Full Field School session under development