Olana Strategic Landscape Design Plan and Farm Complex Restoration

2014 - Ongoing

Olana is the historic home of Hudson River School painter, Frederic Church. The Olana Partnership commissioned NBW to develop the scope of the project and prepare the restoration plans of the farm complex - an integral component to the property and story of Olana; Church having often refered to Olana as “The Farm”. The purpose of the project was to return the landscape to the historical land-use patterns from the latter half of the nineteenth century and extant during Church’s lifetime. This initial phase included a series of discreet and considered interventions: selective thinning of hedgerows and woodland that have colonized former pasture; establishment of low native meadow grasses in the historic Orchard; restoration of pastures; revealing the existing ruins of the Breezie Farmhouse, the shed, the ice house, and the stone walls along portions of the east and north property lines, through the clearing of vegetation; drainage improvements, and the restoration of the Crown Hill Carriage road, one of the pleasure drives designed by Frederic Church. 

Subsequently, NBW has been engaged to develop a strategic landscape design plan  for the full property. 

Collaborators: The LA Group, Suzanne Turner Associates, Camoin Associates, Farm Consultant Zac Wolf