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The Campus Guides: West Point U.S. Military Academy

The Campus Guides: West Point U.S. Military Academy

By Rod Miller and Richard Cheek

The Campus Guide of West Point U.S. Military Academy contains six walks that list and describe important buildings of the campus of West Point, located on the Hudson River. Founded in 1802 by Thomas Jefferson, the school holds buildings in Gothic and Romanesque styles by architect Ralph Adams Cram, and other buildings by Richard Morris Hunt, McKim, Mead and White, and others. The book includes color photographs and details on the construction and history of the various significant buildings.

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Washington's Headquarters in Newburgh: Home to a Revolution

Washington's Headquarters in Newburgh: Home to a Revolution

By A. J. Schenkman

The Hasbrouk house came to be known as Washington’s Headquarters in Newburgh after he spent some time there under the care of the Widow Hasbrouk. The house was Washington’s home until the end of the revolutionary war from 1782 to 1783- making it Washington’s longest stay in one place during the war. Afterward the house was returned to the Hasbrouk Family and slowly became unmaintainable. Finally in 1850 it was made the nation’s first publicly owned state historic site. In this book Schenkman, a teacher of history in the Hudson River Valley area, brings together many different sources, rare images and illustrations to create an interesting history of a unique house.

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The Gardens of Wave Hill

The Gardens of Wave Hill

By Suzy Brown, Mick Hales, Scott Canning, and Elizabeth Edelson

Wave Hill, located in the Bronx, was the private estate of George Perkins, a partner of J. P. Morgan, who put much effort into the cultivation of the gardens once he purchased the property. Fortunately, it is now a 28 acre public garden with magnificent views of the New Jersey Palisades. This book includes photographs of the beautiful gardens of Wave Hill.

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Philipse Manor Hall At Yonkers, New York: The Site, The Building And Its Occupants

Philipse Manor Hall At Yonkers, New York: The Site, The Building And Its Occupants

By Edward Hagaman Hall

Philipse Manor Hall At Yonkers, New York: The Site, The Building And Its Occupants documents the history of Philipse Manor Hall from the history of the location in its untouched natural state, to the rise of the prominent Philipse Family and the founding of Yonkers by Frederick Philipse, through the various users and changing of hands of the manor till the point at which it was set aside to be preserved as a landmark in 1901. The manor was restored from 1911 to 1912 back to its colonial appearance when this history of the manor was published. The book contains 14 black and white plates of the manor and other portraits and pieces associated with it.

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Mohonk Mountain House and Preserve

Mohonk Mountain House and Preserve

By Robi Josephson

Lake Mohonk, meaning “lake in the sky” in a Native American language, has attracted people since the beginning of history with its crystal blue waters and fresh air. In 1869 Albert and Alfred Smiley, twin brothers, established the Mohonk Mountain House with the help of their half-brother Daniel Smiley as a resort with a 251-room hotel set on numerous acres of gardens, nature preserve, and other amenities including an indoor spa and pool, and an outdoor skating rink for the winter. Today the Mohonk House is still owned and run by descendants of the Smiley family, and attracts visitors seeking respite in the mountain wilderness of the Shawkangunk Ridge in Ulster County near New Paltz. Robi Josephson writes a history of the resort illustrated by 220 images collected by the Mohonk Mountain House and Preserve and the surrounding community.

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Bannerman Castle

Bannerman Castle

By Thom Johnson and Barbara H. Gottlock

This book is a history of Bannerman Castle, an enigmatic structure built on Pollepel Island, renamed Bannerman Island, in the Hudson River near Cornwall on Hudson. The island was purchased in 1900 by Francis Bannerman VI to be used as a storage facility for ammunition. Bannerman built an arsenal for the safe storage of his goods, but due to a series of explosions and fires his castle lays in ruins today. Thom Johnson and Barbara Gottlock give a thorough history of the distinctive landmark in this book.

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Frederic Church's Olana: Architecture and Landscape As Art

Frederic Church's Olana: Architecture and Landscape As Art

By James Anthony Ryan

The home of Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), a central figure in the Hudson River Valley School, was built between 1870 and 1891. Named Olana after an ancient Persian fortress, Church’s home is a testament to his creative vision and was inspired by his trips to Europe and the Middle East. This books tells the story of the creation of this house which is now a New York State Historic Site and a popular tourist destination in the Hudson Valley, with sweeping views of the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains. The author, James Anthony Ryan, spent twenty years as site manager of Olana, helping it become one of the most important and most visited artists’ homes.

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The House the Rockefellers Built: A Tale of Money, Taste, and Power in Twentieth-Century America

The House the Rockefellers Built: A Tale of Money, Taste, and Power in Twentieth-Century America

By Robert F. Dalzell and Lee Baldwin Dalzell

The Dalzells (George Washington’s Mount Vernon) cover five generations of Rockefellers, while taking a stab at linking it to American country houses of the Gilded Age. What was different about Kykuit, the Dalzells claim, was the Rockefellers’ moral aspirations, their insistence that the house be not only useful and fashionable, but good. Clean prose keeps things moving, but only the most serious Rockefeller devotees will pore over long passages detailing the process of drawing up blueprints, hiring interior decorators and strategizing housekeeping. The Dalzells chronicle every tussle over control of the house’s planning between Junior and Senior and, later, between Nelson and his four brothers over Nelson’s overflowing art collection.

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The Rockefeller Family Home: Kykuit

The Rockefeller Family Home: Kykuit

By Mary Louise Pierson and Ann Rockefeller Roberts

Kykuit, which in Dutch means “high point” or “lookout,” is the name of the Rockefeller country home, an immensely opulent estate with a main, Normandy-style mansion, beautiful gardens, and many outbuildings, including a coach barn, greenhouses, a Japanese teahouse, a “playhouse”, a Tudor mansion with indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, and bowling alleys. Roberts, daughter of the late vice president Nelson A. Rockefeller, narrates the building of the estate by John D. Rockefeller Jr. and places special emphasis on how each of the next five generations of Rockefellers has added distinctive touches to this property. Photographer Pierson, Roberts’s daughter, has taken beautiful pictures, each one advocating how wealth can lead to the development of beauty.

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