Now on view in Thomas Cole's New Studio 

Thomas Cole, The Architect's Dream, 1840, 53 x 84 in. Toledo Museum of Art

Thomas Cole: The Artist as Architect

May 1 - October 30, 2016 

We are excited to announce our 2016 exhibition, curated by noted scholar Annette Blaugrund with the assistance of our associate curator Kate Menconeri, on view now through October 30, 2016. In celebration of the recreation of Thomas Cole’s self-designed Italianate studio at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, the exhibition and the accompanying book focus on Cole’s architectural interests through architectural elements in his paintings and drawings as well as in both his realized and visionary projects, expanding our understanding of the breadth of his talents and interests.

This exhibition is the inaugural exhibition to be held in the “New Studio” building and will inlcude 26 paintings and drawings, as well as a scale model, two of the artist’s books about architecture, and primary source documents. The central work of the exhibition is Cole's 1840 painting "The Architect's Dream," depicting the artist overlooking a panorama of architectural styles. Accompanying the exhibition will be a new hardcover book of the same title to be published and released on April 19, 2016 by The Monacelli Press. The exhibition runs from May 1 through October 30 at The Thomas Cole National Historic Site and then travels to The Columbus Museum of Art, where it will be on view from November 18 through February 12, 2017. Click here for the full press release.

The exhibition is presented in partnership with the Columbus Museum of Art, and is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of an over-arching project entitled “Thomas Cole and the Roots of the Conservation Movement,” designed to highlight the 19th-century tradition of conserving iconic American landscapes. Additional support is provided by the County Initiative Program of the Greene County Legislature, administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts. The accompanying printed publication is supported by the Wyeth Foundation for American Art and several individual funders. 



2016 Summer Party

Saturday June 25, 7 pm

Cocktails, dinner, fireworks, dancing, all with a 180-degree view of the Hudson River. Join us for this annual tradition to benefit the Thomas Cole Historic Site. The party goes on, rain or shine. Preview the incredible live auction items here.



Hikes on the Hudson River School Art Trail

Visit the magnificent nearby views that are depicted in Thomas Cole's paintings. Our guided hike schedule for 2016 follows below.

JUNE 18 - Catskill Mt. House and North-South Lake (easy)

JULY 16- Sunset Rock and Catskill Mt House (moderate)

AUGUST 13- Kaaterskill Falls and Catskill Mt House (moderate)

SEPTEMBER 3- Catskill Mt. House and North-South Lake (easy) 

SEPTEMBER 10- Sunset Rock and Catskill Mt House (moderate)      

OCTOBER 1- Catskill Mt. House and North-South Lake (easy)

Please reserve your spot in advance by calling the visitor center at 518-943-7465. 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.