This is Hyde Hall. Construction on Hyde Hall, near Cooperstown, New York, was begun by Englishman George Clarke in 1816. His vision, and his estate, would develop over the next twenty years. The house has been called one of the finest examples of neoclassical country houses in the United States.
Not that I know that much about these sorts of things, but even a rube like me can see the elegance in its proportion.
The house, both recognized on the National Register of Historic Places and as a National Historic Landmark, witnessed the up and downs of family fortunes until it was taken over by the state of New York in 1963. New York has had some see-sawing of its fortunes as well and the threat of destruction was quite real.
Thank goodness for the Friends of Hyde Hall who have stepped in again and again to ensure that it remains open to the public so we can see and touch and absorb the significance of our past. Preservation and renovation is, of course, an on-going task and expense.
But this is where the fun comes in. Hyde Hall is hosting a Gala this Saturday, August 14th to support the home. You can find information regarding An Affair to Remember here. Attire is "Evocation of the Glamorous 1940's; Imagination Encourage." Really, what could be better than that?
For tickets please call 607-547-5098. Can't make it? A shame, really, but membership is incredibly reasonable and, quite possibly, glamorous. You can access the membership form here.
All images courtesy Hyde Hall.