Monday, December 3, 2012

Dr. Oliver Bronson House and Stables

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I love the Bourne films. But I love Matt Damon and dammit if he wasn't cast in the latest Bourne Legacy movie. But wait! It redeemed itself two ways. First, it was a damn good movie and second - it had one of the best houses in it that I had ever laid eyes on. Let me put it another way. I want one.

*LOTS of photographs here.

Oliver Bronson House, also known as Dr. Oliver Bronson House and Stables, was originally built and substantially redesigned by architect Alexander Jackson Davis in 1839 and 1849. It was an early example of the Hudson River Bracketed style that he originated. Dr Bronson was the heir to an affluent banking family and was probably introduced to Davis by his brother in law, Robert Donaldson.The grounds are probably an early example of the work of landscape architect Andrew Jackson Downing. Bronson sold the house in 1853. Afterward it was absorbed into the grounds of an institutional school and eventually a prison.It is now leased by Historic Hudson, Inc., and is potentially going to become a museum.
 
It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2003.

The house was a setting of the 2012 film Bourne Legacy.

Here is an excellent pdf on the property.

Dr. Oliver Bronson House Day Book BLOG 

Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'.

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