A Holiday Gathering

Saturday December 12, 2015 at 5 pm

You are invited to a special winter fundraiser event. Celebrate with us as we open the doors of Thomas Cole's reconstructed "New Studio" and see the beautiful interior gallery before it opens to the public! Festive cocktails will be served from 5 to 7 pm in the New Studio with sumptuous dinners to follow at the homes of convivial neighbors. Tickets to the cocktail and dinner parties are $125, and tickets to the cocktail-only event are $45. Sponsorships are available for $500, which includes two tickets to the cocktails and dinner. Please note: The number of seats at the dinners is extremely limited and they sell out quickly.

Winter Party December 12th


2016 Sunday Salons

Thomas Cole, Front Elevation of Proposed Villa at Catskill, Detroit Institute of Arts, MI, 39.510

Each year during the months of January through April, we offer lectures once per month on Sundays at 2 pm, bringing you engaging speakers who discuss topics related to the Hudson River School. Tickets are $9 or $8 for members, and each talk is followed by a reception. This year, for the first time, the lectures will be held in our brand-new building, the New Studio, which Cole himself designed. To celebrate its rebirth, the 2016 Sunday Salons and the 2016 exhibition will address the topic of Cole as architect. Learn more about the New Studio.


January 10

Francis Morrone
Thomas Cole and 19th-Century American Architecture

Why did America’s foremost landscape painter list himself in Longworth's New-York City Directory as "Thomas Cole, architect, 520 Broome Street"? Join Francis Morrone – historian, writer and leading authority on the architectural history of New York City – as he examines how Cole depicted architecture in his paintings, his relationship to the American architectural scene during his life, and his own work as Thomas Cole, Architect, including Old St. Luke's Church in Catskill, his New Studio, and a complex involvement in the design of the State Capitol in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Morrone has a longstanding interest in the Hudson River School painters and their relation to the architectural and landscape design currents of their time.


February 7

Robert D. Loversidge, Jr., FAIA
Thomas Cole and the Ohio Statehouse

Is the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Thomas Cole’s largest artwork? Although in the competition to choose its architect his entry won third prize, the finished building is widely credited as Cole’s design. But given the way architecture and construction were practiced in the first half of the 19th century, is “wanting” to be the designer (as documented by period correspondence) and actually “being” the designer (Cole, for instance, never visited the construction site) the same thing? Robert Loversidge, award-winning preservation design architect and President & CEO of Schooley Caldwell Associates, was principal-in-charge of the ten-year renovation/restoration/addition project at Ohio’s National Historic Landmark Statehouse, where he has served as Architect of the Capitol since 1988.


March 13

William L. Coleman
Thomas Cole's Country Houses

Country houses occupied a prominent and intriguing role in Thomas Cole's wide-ranging engagement with architecture. His little-studied paintings of the grand estates of three different patrons and his writings about country life are eloquent documents of the formation of a domestic ideal that guided this painter-architect when it came time to design a country house of his own. Cole’s surviving drawings for a new Italianate villa on the Cedar Grove property tell a story of ambition, frustration, and resiliency in the face of professional setbacks. Join William Coleman, a postdoctoral fellow at Washington University in St. Louis, for an exploration of the insights the recently rebuilt New Studio offers into the artist’s notion of how best to inhabit the landscape.  


April 10, 2016

Wanda M. Corn
Artists’ Homes and Studios as Archive and Romance

Join nationally renowned art historian Dr. Wanda M. Corn, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor Emerita in Art History at Stanford University, as she explores American artists’ homes and studios that, like the Cole property, have been preserved and opened to the public. She asks what these special places can teach us about the creative process and the history of art. Dr. Corn, chair of the advisory council for the Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is a scholar of late 19th- and early 20th-century American art and photography. Active as a visiting curator and scholar, she has produced numerous books and exhibitions, including The Great American Thing: Modern Art and National Identity, 1915-1935.


Hikes on the Hudson River School Art Trail

Visit the magnificent nearby views that are depicted in Thomas Cole's paintings. Our guided hikes are offered from June to October. During other times you can pick up our guidebook or visit our free online guide at and visit on your own. To guide your journey we've created several suggested itineraries that can be accessed here: Suggested itineraries on the Hudson River School Art Trail


The Thomas Cole Historic Site is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. 

The Thomas Cole Site is a member of the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program (HAHS) of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.