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.
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.
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.
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.