Help CVPA Keep the
Momentum Going in 2021

Please check out CVPA’s upcoming projects. Find your place to plug in!

 

  • Work has begun to stabilize the South Portico that serves as the main entry to The Point Hoyt House mansion. An additional $2000 is needed to complete Portico stabilization, a first step toward opening the home to the public.
  • Recent restoration of views to the north developed protocols for viewshed management that we can now deploy to restore the remaining view corridors. Originally, five views designed to showcase the Hudson River, Catskill Mountains and Esopus Lighthouse from the grand entry hall, public rooms, porch and carriage road made The Point an iconic example of the American Picturesque.
  • A generous grant from Marcia Brady Tucker Foundation will help support a scholar to conduct research toward a Cultural Landscape Report (CLR) and a Fall 2021 Calvert Vaux symposium to present the new research and recent Vaux studies by other scholars. Our pro bono consultants Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects recommend a CLR as the next step toward restoring and interpreting the role played by both Vaux and The Point in the development of American Picturesque design. CVPA must raise $20,000 to match this exciting grant.
  • A grant from the Historic Preservation Education Foundation will support a second Boston Architectural College Historic Preservation Field School at The Point in June 2021. CVPA and BAC hosted a Field School at The Point in 2017 and a Field School alumna serving as NYS Parks Intern in 2018 completed a conditions assessment for outbuildings throughout Mills Norrie State Park, including The Point.
  • A grant from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation will support installation of an orange and blue historic marker next to the mansion.  The marker will describe the connection of the site to Calvert Vaux, American Picturesque design and the Livingston Family to the thousands of hikers who pass by on the Mills Norrie Blue Trail each year.
  • CVPA is supporting Scenic Hudson’s development of a Cultural Resource Inventory for historic Dutchess County bridges over the railroad tracks, including the trestle bridge on The Point’s original carriage road from Old Route 9. The CRI is a necessary step toward applying for grants to restore our bridge.

As you see, CVPA is poised for a great year in 2021! We can’t tackle the great opportunities before us without your support.

We understand if the pandemic prevents you from giving this year, and hope you will follow our work and volunteer your skills to support us. If you can, please contribute to the Portico Restoration Project and the match for our Marcia Brady Tucker Foundation grant for Cultural Landscape research and presentation.

 

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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.