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!

A Bridge to the Future

Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance worked with Scenic Hudson and Preservation League of New York to begin planning repair and reopening of the historic bridge along the The Point’s original entry road.

A June 3 Zoom discussion explained the steps to reopen the structure. Click the button below to view a video of the discussion. 

Learn more about CVPA’s 2020 successes.

Join CVPA as we work toward these 2021 milestones!

 

  • Cultural Landscape Report research and planning for our 2022 Calvert Vaux Symposium 
  • Installation of a New York State Historic Marker 
  • A Historic Structures Report, next step toward restoring The Point’s historic Warren Truss Bridge 
  • I Love My Park Day landscape cleanup
  • Additional historic viewshed clearing projects

Your Support Makes Our Work Possible!

Please contribute to CVPA’s 2021 Portico Restoration Project and the match for our Marcia Brady Tucker Foundation Grant for Cultural Landscape research and presentation. Help us tell the story of Calvert Vaux at The Point!

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Your support makes our work possible!

Please contribute to CVPA’s 2021 Portico Restoration Project and the match for our Marcia Brady Tucker Foundation Grant for Cultural Landscape research and presentation. Help us tell the story of Calvert Vaux at The Point!

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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, landscape architect Jaime Reppert and award-winning preservation architect, Peter Sweeny.

If you missed cvpa’s 2020 fall forum…

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.