On the Road in Dutchess County


HOLIDAY GREETINGS from the snowy Hudson Valley. Nothing I love more than driving around with my eyes peeled for interesting old houses and barns, and there are plenty of them up here.


Above, a Victorian carriage house next to a c.1800 Colonial, top, near Millbrook. The house has bay window, pilasters, and a metal ribbed roof. Looks like a cornice or porch is missing. Both house and carriage house nicely faded to gray. These were for sale when this picture was taken in January ’06.

The Italianate beauty, below, is a perfect, harmonious square, with long shutters and a front porch. It’s in the village of Pine Plains, northern Dutchess County. Not for sale, as far as I know. But who cares? It’s all part of the open-air architecture museum that is upstate New York — if you keep your eyes open.


About cara

I blog (for fun) here at casaCARA, and write (for money) about architecture, interiors, gardens and travel for many national magazines and websites.
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