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Hudson River Heritage (HRH) is a nonprofit membership organization established in 1976, committed to preserving the unique character of the Mid-Hudson Valley’s historic architecture, rural landscapes and scenic views through education, advocacy and community involvement. We are grateful for your interest and invite you to get involved in our important work on behalf of this very special area that we call home.
HRH is the federally designated steward of the Hudson River National Historic Landmark District, a 32-square-mile area stretching from Germantown, in Columbia County, to Hyde Park, in Dutchess County. The Hudson River National Historic Landmark District (HRNHLD) was designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior in 1990. Federal landmark status acknowledges that the historic resources in the heart of the Hudson Valley are of the highest national significance, on par with other National Historic Landmark Districts such as Nantucket Island, the Garden District in New Orleans, and San Francisco’s Presidio.
To a remarkable degree, the character of the Hudson River National Historic Landmark District remains intact. From the colonial era to the early 20th century, this region was characterized by the large “country seats” built by the Livingstons, the Astors, and other wealthy individuals. Many of these houses have been preserved or restored and are open to the public drawing many visitors to our area. Throughout the district, many additional public and private homes and properties have historical significance we hope to preserve for years to come. We hope you will join us!
R. Michael Brown
We regret to inform the Hudson River Heritage community of the passing of our fellow board member and giant in the world of historic preservation, R. Michael Brown. Michael is survived by his partner Stephen Frost. A memorial service will be held on Saturday July 16th at the Church of the Messiah in Rhinebeck.
Michael’s contributions to the preservation of historic landmarks in New York City include the interiors of both Radio City Music Hall and Grand Central Terminal. His obituary in the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/27/nyregion/r-michael-brown-defender-of-notable-new-york-city-interiors-dies-at-78.html?emc=eta1) details these and other accomplishments. Locally, Michael served on the Hamlets Committee of the Red Hook Planning Board, the St. Margaret’s Committee, and on the Board of Directors of Hudson River Heritage for the past year. His passing is a great loss to our community.