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Bard College and Hudson River Heritage to Present Spring Salon Conversation Series at Montgomery Place

Montgomery Place: A Window on the World of Alexander Jackson Davis’s Architecture and Design Takes Places Four Consecutive Saturdays Beginning April 14

Mark Primoff
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Bard College: The Montgomery Place Campus and Hudson River Heritage will copresent a series of discussions this spring on the work of Alexander Jackson Davis, America’s leading architect of country houses in the mid-19th century—many of them, including Montgomery Place, located in the Hudson River Valley.

Montgomery Place: A Window on the World of Alexander Jackson Davis’s Architecture and Design will take place Saturdays, April 14–May 5, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at Montgomery Place. After each lecture, there will be refreshments on the north porch of the mansion house, followed by a tour of the Montgomery Place building(s) discussed that day. Admission is $25 per session or $90 for the entire series. For tickets and more information, call 845-876-2474, email, or visit

April 14, 3:00–5:30 p.m.
A. J. Davis: Artist & Architect
Peter Watson is a preservationist and architectural historian focused on 19th-century history and culture.


A. J. Davis: Classical Architecture, and Reforming America’s Rural Landscapes
Aaron Ahlstrom is a Bard alumnus and a doctoral candidate in American history at Boston University.

April 21, 3:00–5:30 p.m.
 A. J. Davis: Makeover of a Hudson Valley Mansion
John Waite is an architect specializing in historic preservation.
Douglas Bucher is a conservator and consultant with John G. Waite Associates.

April 28, 3:00–5:30 p.m.
Paying for Eden: the Economics of Country House Culture in the Hudson Valley
Peter Kenny is the codirector of the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust.
Mark Lytle is professor emeritus of history at Bard College.

May 5, 3:00–5:30 p.m.
A. J. Davis’s Swiss Cottage and 1861 Farmhouse: The Pragmatic Picturesque at Cedar Hill
Emily Majer is a Bard alumna and a preservation and restoration carpenter.
Gretta Tritch Roman, Experimental Humanities digital projects coordinator at Bard College, has a PhD in architectural history.

Hudson River Heritage (HRH) is a nonprofit membership organization established in 1976, committed to preserving the unique character of the Mid-Hudson Valley’s historic architecture, rural landscapes and scenic views through education, advocacy, and community involvement. For more information, visit

Montgomery Place, a 380-acre estate adjacent to the main Bard College campus and overlooking the Hudson River, is a designated National Historic Landmark set amid rolling lawns, woodlands, and gardens, against the spectacular backdrop of the Catskill Mountains. Renowned architects, landscape designers, and horticulturists worked to create an elegant and inspiring country estate consisting of a mansion, farm, orchards, farmhouse, and other smaller buildings. The Montgomery Place estate was owned by members of the Livingston family from 1802 until the 1980s. In 1986, Livingston heir John Dennis Delafield transferred the estate to Historic Hudson Valley in whose hands it remained until 2016, when Bard acquired the property. For more information, visit


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This event was last updated on 04-03-2018