What’s The Point?

The Point / Hoyt House designed by Calvert Vaux in 1855 is a pivotal example of American Picturesque design. Created three years after the death of Vaux’s mentor and partner Andrew Jackson Downing, and two years before Vaux began the Greensward Plan for New York City’s Central Park, The Point is iconic for its success in marrying architecture with its landscape.

Thank you to everyone who helped make 2020 a successful and pivotal year at The Point!

Learn more about CVPA’s 2020 successes.

Exciting projects are queued up for 2021!

Work has begun to stabilize the grand entry Portico and clear additional historic views.

Grants from the following foundations will help support important new work.

  • Marcia Brady Tucker Foundation
  • Historic Preservation Education Foundation
  • William G. Pomeroy Foundation

We need your help

We understand that the pandemic is constraining year-end giving for many. If you are able, please help support the Portico Restoration Project and the match for our Marcia Brady Tucker Foundation grant for Cultural Landscape research and presentation!

Explore The Point

The Point, and its Hoyt House mansion, located at the heart of Mills Norrie State Park in Staatsburg, NY

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Hike The Point!

Experience the iconic views that inspired Calvert Vaux and client Lydig Hoyt to situate the Hoyt House at The Point.

Discover The Point Barn Complex, remnants of lost outbuildings, carriage roads and historic trestle bridge.

Learn about the Livingston-Hoyt Family estate, viewshed restoration and plans for the future of The Point

Trail Map (PDF)

Join our team

Become a member of CVPA’s Restoration & Sustainable Reuse Team. Be part of  rebuilding The Point. 

Board of Directors

Please join us in welcoming historic preservation professionals Teryl Mickens and Silvia Callegari to the Restoration & Sustainable Reuse Team and to the CVPA Board of Directors! Teryl and Silvia add youth, diversity and expertise to our work. They join architectural photographer Pieter Estersohn, corporate production manager Brian Lange, theater lighting director Jon Lawson, preservationist and fund-raising consultant Kitty McCullough, real estate attorney Steve Paganuzzi and landscape architect Jaime Reppert.

CVPA Zoom meeting

On September 16, CVPA hosted a Zoom meeting with 95 registrants and enthusiastic response from important participants. Please click on the video to watch.

About Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance

Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance (CVPA) works to restore and find sustainable uses for the Vaux-designed Hoyt House and landscape at The Point in Staatsburg, NY, as well as the site’s 19th-century barn complex and gentleman’s farm. We work to expand awareness of the pivotal role played by Vaux in American architecture and landscape design, and to make The Point a place where his work can be experienced and enjoyed. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, CVPA serves the Mid Hudson economy by developing sustainable uses for The Point’s many structures, drawing visitors to Mills Norrie Park, and creating greater appreciation for the many exciting Vaux resources throughout the region. We serve all Americans by helping to forge a more complete narrative of our nation’s cultural history.

We are working to restore our full website. If you wish to reach us in the interim, please contact us at Board@calvertvaux.org.