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Historic Preservation and Adaptive
Reuse at Bard College


Please make your online reservations below or
Download Mail-in Form:
P. O. Box 287 Rhinebeck, NY 12572 tel.(845) 876-2474

Please make your online reservations below or
Download Mail-in Form:
P. O. Box 287 Rhinebeck, NY 12572 tel.(845) 876-2474

Join Hudson River Heritage as we delve into the historic architecture of the Bard College campus.

Known as one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country, Bard’s location in Annandale-on-Hudson, bordering the river and featuring sweeping views of the Catskills, give it a tremendous advantage. Add to that generations of distinguished architecture and beautiful landscape, and it’s easy to appreciate the seductive appeal.

With its recent acquisition of neighboring Montgomery Place, the Bard campus now totals over 1000 acres. In addition to the former estate mansions that survive—Ward Manor, Blithewood, and Montgomery Place, a Gothic Revival gate house, chapel, dormitories, and academic buildings keep company with a Neoclassical library, faculty cottages in various styles, and more recent buildings designed by an impressive roster of prominent 20th century architects.

Our focus will be on the historic preservation and adaptive reuse of the 19th century buildings—the challenges and successes, as well as Bard’s plans for the future, including its goals for the use of the Montgomery Place site. Our keynote speaker will be Bard President Leon Botstein, whom we will recognize with an award for Bard’s leadership and vision with respect to its historic structures. We plan to offer tours of Blithewood throughout the day, and Montgomery Place in the afternoon.

Our daylong program starts with registration and coffee at 9:15 a.m. at Blithewood on the Bard campus, includes a catered lunch, and will conclude by 5:00 p.m. Scheduled speakers include:Terence Dewsnap, Emily Majer, Matt Alexander, Ward Stanley, Peter A. Watson, Jr., and Jim Brudvig.

Cost for the event is $50 for Hudson River Heritage members, $60 for non-members, and $25 for Bard undergraduate students with I.D. Please make your reservations below or via email at:, or via mail to P.O. Box 287, Rhinebeck, NY 12572.

Schedule of Events:

9:15:   Registration, Coffee

10:00 Forum Introductions
HRH President Warren Smith

10:15 Keynote Address
Bard President Leon Botstein

10:45 Award Presentation
Warren Smith

11:00 The Historic Architecture of Bard College: An Overview
Professor Terence Dewsnap

11:45 Preservation and Adaptive Reuse at Bard: Ward Manor – Case Study
Emily Majer

12:30 Blithewood and the Drill Hall – Case Study
Matt Alexander

1:00 Lunch

2:00 Hoffman and Stevenson Libraries – Case Study
Professor Ward Stanley

2:30 Montgomery Place – Plans for the Future
Bard Vice President and CFO James Brudvig

3:00 A.J. Davis at Blithewood and Montgomery Place
Peter A. Watson, Jr.

3:45  Closing Remarks
Warren Smith

4:00 Montgomery Place – Guided Tours with Commentary|
Bard College representatives with HRH Docents

  4:45 Last Tour – Forum Concludes

Preservation Forum (Members)

Tickets are $50 for Members.

Price: $50.00

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Preservation Forum (Non-Members)

Tickets are $60 for Non-Members.

Price: $60.00

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Preservation Forum (Bard Students with ID)

Tickets are $25 for Bard Students with ID.

Price: $25.00

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