The Olana Partnership

Named for a fortress treasure-house in ancient Persia, Olana was the home of Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), one of America's most important artists, a student of Thomas Cole, and a major figure in the Hudson River School of landscape painting.
Built high on a hill near Hudson, New York between 1870 and 1891, then as now, Olana offers magnificent sweeping vistas of the Catskill Mountains, the Hudson River and the Taconic Hills. Today, Olana is a New York State Historic Site, a National Historic Landmark, and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Hudson Valley and upstate New York.
Called by Church "the Center of the World," Olana's Persian style house and 250 acres of picturesque grounds are a masterpiece as grand as any of his paintings.
The mission of The Olana Partnership is to advocate and support the preservation and enhancement of Olana and its viewshed, to sponsor educational programs, and to foster scholarly research on the artist and his property. The private, 501 (c) organization works cooperatively with New York State in the operation of Olana. Through membership dollars, grants and other sources we have completed or are engaged in the following work:
  • Ongoing restoration of the main house, landscape and collection
  • Implementation of a comprehensive plan for Olana that includes full restoration of the house, grounds and collection, and the building of a new museum/visitor center to focus on Church, Olana, and the Hudson River School of Art
  • Advocacy to protect Olana's viewshed
  • Providing expanded educational programs (summer camp, free weekend activities, outreach to schools)
  • Funding all curatorial staff and research activities