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Designer Showcase Home Tours in Historic Hudson, NY

Memorial Day Weekend
Friday, May 24 – Sunday, May 26

Join us for the 2nd Annual Design Hudson—celebrating the architecture of Hudson, the region’s design talent and the breadth of resources in Hudson’s expanding shopping district.
The theme for this year’s festival is the New Hudson River School. Participating designers will express their contemporary interpretations of the palette, landscape and outlook of Hudson Valley painters Thomas Cole and Frederic Church.

Friday night’s opening party is a rare opportunity to visit the Bronson House, where the historical architecture will be juxtaposed with contemporary furniture, art and home decor created by Hudson businesses and artisans.

On Saturday and Sunday, go at your own pace on our self-guided tour of the Bronson House and other architecturally significant Hudson homes, each with a room that showcases the work of a local designer. This intimate look inside Hudson’s historic homes will be a unique experience for design enthusiasts and professionals alike.

On Saturday afternoon, Hudson Hall will host a panel discussion around the theme of the New Hudson River School and the influences of color, landscape and time. The panel will include representatives from Olana State Historic Site of Frederic Church’s home, Thomas Cole National Historic Site and artists from the Hudson Hall’s concurrent exhibition Hudson Athens Lights.

And on Saturday night businesses along Warren Street and beyond will be hosting special events in their spaces to highlight their unique collections of furniture, art, fashion, scents and more.

Stay tuned for a few other additions to the weekend.

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EVENTS & TICKETING


Memorial Day Weekend

Friday, May 24 – Sunday, May 26

Cocktail Party
at the Bronson House

Friday, May 24
5-8pm
$50

Designer Showcase Home Tours & Bronson House

Saturday, May 25
Sunday, May 26
10am-5pm
$25 / $20 in advance

Panel Discussion
at Hudson Hall

Saturday, May 25
2pm
Free

Saturday Evening Shopping
and Festivities

Saturday, May 25
5-9pm
Free

Combination Pass to Tours & Cocktail Party

$65 in advance

Purchase Tickets

PLAN YOUR DESIGNER SHOWCASE TOUR


Enjoy your self-guided home tour with rooms re-imagined by these designers. Below are highlights for each designer and the properties starting at the waterfront and continuing up Warren Street.

Pick-up your home tour pass at the Design Hudson Headquarters, 442 Warren Street.

Amy Row

Amy splits her time running her design studio Say Collie with her husband in Rhinecliff and as an agency designer with Homepolish in Manhattan. Her style is informed by her California roots and her time spent in the Fashion world in New York City. She is textured and sculptural and drenched in light. Her design philosophy is to fill space with intention and integrity.

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105 Warren St.

Sherry Jo Williams

Sherry Jo Williams, an established design innovator, brings exceptional taste and years of experience to every venture, whether large or small. Recognized as a leader in creating and curating environments, objects and events, she navigates design with a distinctive, personal style and exceptional communication skills.

SJW’s professional achievements include co-founder/director of Clodagh Ross & Williams, a seminal NYC gallery featuring artisanal furniture, lighting and art jewelry. After a number of years in creative positions with major retail clients, SJW returned to her passion for handmade, founding Culture+Commerce Project in Hudson NY.

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125 Warren St.

Alan Barlis

Synthesizing high design and the highest standards of sustainability, Alan Barlis’ vision has been central to the development of BarlisWedlick’s industry-leading reputation. Barlis joined the firm in 1997 and became co-owner in 2005. He has since built a broad and distinguished body of work, including private residences, affordable housing projects, rural conservation subdivisions, and sustainable prototypes. BarlisWedlick, founded by Dennis Wedlick, is an award-winning, full-service firm known for designing expressive, sustainable and soulful to live, work and gather.

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17 North Fourth Street

Geoff Howell

Geoff Howell has been involved in the art and design industry in New York City since graduating from Pratt Institute in 1980, and since 1983, has been running his own company which eventually became Geoff Howell Studio, Inc.now occupying a 40,000 sq. foot facility in Long Island City.
Geoff specializes in events design, decorative painting, art fabrication and window display design and production for clients such as Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales, Condé Nast, Estée Lauder, Tiffany’s and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His design work has been featured in the New York Times, Bride’s Magazine, Teen Vogue, and The New Yorker, amongst others.

Deeply enchanted by the Hudson River Valley, he has been coming to Hudson regularly since 1984, was on the board of Wilderstein Historic Site for 9 years, is on the board of the Athens Cultural Center, and has been contributing design work to the Thomas Cole National Historic Site for over ten years.

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707 Cherry Alley

BRONSON HOUSE


Cocktail Party
Friday, May 24
5-8pm

Catering +Wine
Home/Made
Wine Dogs Imports

Music
Carolyn Mix and
Darcy Doniger

Home Tour
Saturday-Sunday
May 25-26
10am-5pm

The Bronson House is located on the west side of Worth Ave. (US-9) 0.2 miles south of Warren St.

Directions

There will be a free shuttle service with several stops along Warren Street going to The Bronson House on Saturday & Sunday.

While wandering through the historic Oliver Bronson House, visitors will experience the juxtaposition between the historic architecture and the furniture, art and decorative wares available from Hudson antique dealers, art galleries and modern home furnishing stores.

The Bronson House was first built as a Federal-style residence for Samuel Plumb in 1811-12. The house and grounds were reinvented by architect Alexander Jackson Davis into a fully realized Romantic-Picturesque estate for Dr. Oliver Bronson and his family in two successive remodeling campaigns dating to 1838-39 and 1849-50. The house is the earliest extant design by Davis in the “bracketed mode,” and its dramatic setting framed by the Catskill mountains and the Hudson River fully expressed the romantic vision of the Hudson River School painters Thomas Cole and Frederic Church, who owned villas nearby.

In 1919 the private estate was absorbed into NYS Training School for Girls and used as the superintendent’s house until 1970. The house was abandoned, suffering 38 years of unchecked neglect. It is now part of the Hudson Correctional Facility. In 1997 Historic Hudson began a sustained program of advocacy for the house leading to the designation as a National Historic Landmark in 2003. In 2008, house and just 1.2 acres were secured with a long term lease with New York State. The exterior conservation and stabilization plan began and is nearing completion in 2020.
Historic Hudson continues to work to preserve the Bronson House and a portion of the proceeds from Design Hudson will support this work. In addition, plans are underway for a public access park incorporating the 55 acres of the National Historic Landmark designation, just one block away from Warren Street.
Partial List of Participating
Businesses and Artists

Albergo Delmar
Caldwell Gallery Hudson
Carrie Haddad Gallery
DISH Hudson
FINCH Hudson
Flowerkraut
Fred E Trout
Furlong
Galerie Gris
Gilded Owl
Grace
Home/Made
Locust Tree
Magic Hill
Modern on the Hudson
September Gallery
Terenchin Gallery
Thomas & Bate
Valley Variety
Workstead

PANEL DISCUSSION


Saturday, May 25
2- 3pm
Hudson Hall
327 Warren St.
Free event
RSVP NOW
I Live in a Painting: The Power of Place

Join us for discussion with artists and cultural producers as they explore the relationship between their practice and the power of place in New York’s upper Hudson Valley. What is it about this natural and creative landscape—which was made famous by artists working here in the 19th century—that matters now? What attracted and continues to attract creative makers today? And what will sustain a thriving creative community in the future?

The panel moderator will be Kate Menconeri, Curator, The Thomas Cole National Historic Site, and include Sean E. Sawyer, Ph.D, Washburn and Susan Oberwager President, The Olana Partnership; Dawn Breeze, artist and arts advocate; and two artists in Hudson Hall’s exhibition, Hudson Athens LightTony Thompson and Christy Rupp.

Hudson Hall’s exhibition Hudson Athens Lights includes works from 29 contemporary painters, photographers and sculptors that illuminate and corroborate the ecological, historical, commercial and aesthetics splendors of Hudson since the days it was the Mahicantuck.

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SHOP HUDSON


Inspiration on
Every Block

200 proprietor-owned shops, eating and drinking establishments, cultural venues and quaint B&B’s to contemporary inns and hotels—all in 2.5 square miles.

SPECIAL OFFER
Hudson Wine
Merchants

341 Warren Street
Receive 10% of wine purchases with Weekend Pass. Offer good through Sunday May 26.

A city founded by proprietors, Hudson thrives on its entrepreneurial roots. Whether you’re looking for antiques, artisanal perfumes, gourmet cheese or a cappuccino, hand-made furniture, fashion finds, vinyl records or a farm-to-table lunch, you’ll find a vibrant mix of businesses rarely found in other downtown.

A walk along Warren Street, over to Columbia Street and down to the waterfront will take by the storefronts of more than 50 antique galleries, 30 art galleries, 25 modern home furnishing stores, 25 clothing and jewelry stores and 40 bars, restaurants, music venues and performance spaces—each one offering patrons unique selections of products and services that reflect the point-of-view and creativity of the proprietors.

CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF SATURDAY EVENING FESTIVITIES
Saturday Evening Stroll
May 25, 5-9pm

The festival will continue into Saturday evening with festive events throughout Hudson—including 24 fashion stores and designers, art dealers, antique dealers, home furnishing stores and many others.

Add your event to the list of festivities.

Enjoy shopping, dining and libations from the Waterfront, along Warren Street and over to Green Street.

Click here for a list of some of the festivities.

This event is free and open to the everyone.

MORE TO EXPLORE


Broaden your experience with these related activities in Hudson and beyond.

Corning Museum of Glass/GlassLab

Saturday, May 25 10am-9pm
Sunday, May 26 12-5pm

418 Warren Street, Hudson, NY

The Corning Museum of Glass showcases glass objects created by an international roster of designers in partnership with Corning’s expert glassmakers through the Museum’s renowned GlassLab program. GlassLab gives artists and designers the unique opportunity to rapidly prototype their designs in molten glass. It has been featured at Design Miami, the Louvre Museum in Paris, the Vitra Museum in Germany, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City. Plans are underway to bring GlassLab to Design Hudson in 2020, with live, hot glassmaking demonstrations on Warren Street and creative collaborations with Hudson’s own design talent. Stop by to learn more about GlassLab and how you can participate.

GlassLab is installed in an 1887 brick mansion built by Cornelius H. Evans for his son. The architectural style is Queen Anne with Renaissance Revival and Italianate appointments.

Show your Design Hudson pass and receive free admission to Corning Museum in Ithaca, NY.

Dirty Projectors

Concert at Hudson Hall

Saturday, May 25 8pm

327 Warren Street, Hudson, NY

Kicking off their summer tour, the Dirty Projectors have arrived in Hudson! Want to know more about Dirty Projectors? Read Jon Pareles’ The New York Times review of their 2018 release, Lamp Lit Prose.

Special $10 discount offer for Design Hudson attendees. Show your Weekend Pass at the Hudson Hall Box Office between 12-5pm on Saturday.

UPSTREAM

An installation at River House Project

Saturday, May 25 12–9pm
Sunday, May 26 12-5pm

34 Allen Street, Hudson, NY

UPSTREAM is an installation on two floors of a newly restored 19th century schoolhouse, now known as the River House Project, a space for creative enterprises. The two-part installation interplays art, objects and furniture. Co-curated by SEPTEMBER Gallery, LikeMindedObjects, and Lithe Sebesta Décor and Design, UPSTREAM is intended to reflect the vibrant community in and around Hudson as a spirited creative locus, where social and artistic instigators find and make space to experiment with new forms.

Field & Supply

Friday, May 24 – Sunday, May 26

The Hutton Brickyards
200 North Street, Kingston, NY

Field + Supply is a carefully curated selection of makers highlighting goods, old and new, from a variety of studios and workshops representing a wide range of crafts. Field + Supply Spring MRKT  will feature  some 144 exhibitors.

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Hudson-Berkshire Food & Wine Festival

Saturday, May 25 – Sunday, May 26

Columbia County Fair Grounds
Use entrance on Rt. 66 Chatham, NY

The 7th Annual Wine and Food Festival will feature regional wineries, distilleries and cideries. There is also wonderful farm producers sampling and selling their delicious gourmet cheeses, baked goods, jams, jellies and so much more! Throughout the weekend there will be special seminars by some of the region’s foremost experts in the craft beverage industry.

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VISITOR INFORMATION


Driving Directions & Parking Information

Find Your Way to Hudson

Free Shuttle Service

Stops along Warren Street and the Bronson House

10am-5pm
Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26

Overnight Accommodations

Stay in Hudson

SPONSORS


Festival Sponsors
columbia-county
metzwood
quadrille
wagner
SDL-GHS
Bohl-Hudson
Cocktail Party Sponsors
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We thank NYCxDESIGN for their guidance and support.

NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s annual celebration of design, attracts hundreds of thousands of attendees and designers from across the globe. Taking place May 10–22, 2019—the event celebrates a world of design and showcases over a dozen design disciplines through events taking place across the city’s five boroughs. Website

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