Tea & Talk – “Life Along the Hudson: The Historic Livingston Country Estates”

September 10, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
$28 with advance reservation; $32 day of

Award-winning architecture and interiors photographer Pieter Estersohn will take us on a pictorial journey with “Life Along the Hudson: The Historic Country Estates of the Livingston Family.” The tour will relate to many of the thirty-five sublime country homes along the Hudson River that he photographed for his large-scale book of the same title. Autographed copies of his book will be available for purchase during the Victorian tea following his presentation.

Constructed on scenic land along the Hudson originally settled in the late 17th century by the influential Livingston family, these later country houses were lived in by descendants, including such 18th century landed gentry and 19th century industrialists as the Astors, Chanlers, Chapmans, Delanos and Roosevelts.

There were Dutch Colonial cottages and grander Gothic Revival, Federal, Georgian and Beaux-Arts residences. Architects that come to mind include Stanford White, A. J. Davis, Calvert Vaux, Warren and Wetmore and others. These houses were paired with expansive lawns and gardens with riverfront views.

Estersohn became fascinated with the subject of his book after purchasing and renovating one such property. He also took an earlier interest in both the imagery and history of country houses here and in Europe while doing fashion shoots for British and Italian Vogue. As he recalls: “I was living in Paris and I shot models in these incredible 18th-century houses.” Later he moved into shooting interiors for Elle Décor and Architectural Digest and then for Conde Nast Traveler and Departures. “I’ve worked on 70-something books, but this is the first book that I’ve written.”

The Summer 2019 series of fourteen Tea & Talks presented every Tuesday, of which the Estersohn is the concluding lecture, have been sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.

Cost to attend is $28 with advance reservation; $32 day of. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.