Olana is an Orientalist Victorian masterpiece designed by Calvert Vaux and its owner, landscape artist Frederic Edwin Church. It was built on a hill above the Hudson River in 1870-72. The studio wing was added by Church in 1888-1891. The stone, brick, and polychrome-stenciled villa at Olana is a mixture of Victorian elements and Middle-Eastern decorative motifs. Moorish elements mix with Italianate themes with extensive stenciled decoration on the exterior and interior. It is well worth a visit!
It is shown as an example of Exotic and Eclectic houses in Chapter 2 of Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners. This is one of 25 styles and types illustrated in the chapter.
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