Columbia County Historical Society Lecture: ‘Life Along The Hudson The Livingstons in Columbia County’

‘Marienruh’ outside Rhinebeck, ©photo by Pieter Estersohn

The Columbia County Historical Society 2022 Winter-Spring Lecture Series continues with ‘Life Along The Hudson, The Livingstons in Columbia County,’ a zoom lecture by Pieter Estersohn on Saturday, February 19th. 

This scenic stretch of estates along the Hudson offers some of the finest examples of American architecture and landscape design, now photographed by Pieter Estersohn.  Thirty-five featured homes were designed in a range of styles by notable architects Stanford White, A. J. Davis, Calvert Vaux, Warren and Wetmore, and others. Pieter Estersohn reminds us that the Livingston family “had 250 years of access to the very best architecture, the best designers, the best real estate.”

Included are Dutch colonial cottages and grand Gothic Revival, Federal, Georgian, and Beaux-Arts residences. Constructed on land owned by the Livingston family, who settled in the area in the late seventeenth century.


Pieter Estersohn has worked on over 60 books on historic preservation, architecture, and decoration and has worked for every major shelter magazine. His last book, Life Along the Hudson, the Historic Country Estates of the Livingston Family, was published by Rizzoli. Estersohn purchased Staats Hall, in nearby Red Hook in 2010, and restored the 1839 home using early 19th century techniques and materials. He is presently working on a book with Rizzoli on agriculture in the Hudson River Valley and the new wave of farmers taking the lead.

The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer conversation.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, February 19, 2022  / 4:30pm

$10 for CCHS members
$15 for non-members



LOCATION: Online via Zoom
ZOOM LINK will be emailed after Payment, on DAY of Lecture


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