The best way to learn about historic houses is to look at them closely, and the most fun way to look at them closely is to do a puzzle showing a wonderful historic house! So, we made a unique and interesting collection of Historic House Puzzles for you to enjoy!
Olana is a Hudson River Valley Orientalist Victorian masterpiece. Designed by Calvert Vaux and its owner, landscape artist Frederic Edwin Church, it was built 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. The house is filled with treasures collected by the Churches all over the world and many works of art. It is well worth a visit!
Olana is included as an example of Exotic and Eclectic houses in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners,” one of 25 styles and types illustrated in the chapter.
Click on the dashed box at the top-right in the puzzle box below to open the puzzle to full screen. In the top left, you can change the number of pieces (100 pieces is the default), toggle piece rotation, and change the background color. Then hit “OK” and have fun!