Bard’s Old-House Collection

THE MOST FAMOUS BUILDING by far on the Bard College campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., is undoubtedly Frank Gehry’s sweeping, swooping titanium concert hall, sited at the far end of a meadow where it reflects the light of the sun and the moon, and never fails to take my breath away.

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But before the well-endowed private college was a patron of avant-garde architecture, its campus was a 19th century river village, and some of the old houses remain.

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Some are derelict, others in good shape. Some are used as offices; others are privately owned, and come up on the market from time to time. The riverside campus wouldn’t be a bad place to live, I’ve often thought, with access to the college gym, free classical music concerts, and patrolling campus security.

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On Sunday, I went to one of those concerts, very uplifting on a rainy day — conservatory students and faculty members playing Beethoven, Schubert, and Saint-Saens in varying combinations  —  and took a few photos.

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About cara

I blog for fun here at casaCARA, and write about architecture, interiors, gardens and travel for many national magazines and websites. My recently published posts and articles can be found here: https://casacara.wordpress.com/recent-articles/
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2 Responses to Bard’s Old-House Collection

  1. Eileen says:

    We visited Bard last month with our teenage son. I loved the variety of architecture!

  2. coppermaven says:

    Didn’t know some of the houses are privately owned. Surprised the professors don’t snap them up! And the Fisher Center, forgot how fabulous that is! Thanks!

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