Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios

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A Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Dedicated to helping American art-related historic sites preserve their collections and buildings

Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios (HAHS) is a national association of significant artists’ spaces that have been preserved and opened to the public. Spread across the country, and dating from the 18th-century to the present, these extraordinary sites introduce visitors to the intimate living and work spaces of American painters, sculptors, ceramicists, photographers, and furniture designers. Through an introduction to the tools, workshops, and art works in these furnished homes and studios, and a look out of their windows, 600,000 visitors a year learn the backstage history of American art-making.

HAHS is a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and administered by Chesterwood, a National Trust Historic Site.

Visit Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios in the United States

NORTHEAST REGION

  • 101 Spring Street New York, N.Y., 212.475.4347 Formerly a sewing factory, this 1870 cast-iron landmark was house and studio of American Minimalist Donald Judd (1928-1994). This structure, designed by Nicholas Whyte, is the only remaining intact, single-use cast-iron building in SoHo.
  • Alice Austen House Museum Staten Island, N.Y., 718.816.4506 One of America’s earliest and most prolific female photographers, Alice Austen (1866-1952), lived in this historic house for 80 years.
  • Bush-Holley Historic Site Cos Cob, Conn., 203.869.6899 This National Historic Landmark features the c. 1730 Bush-Holley House, home of the first art colony in Connecticut, where American Impressionists including John Henry Twachtman (1853-1902), J. Alden Weir (1852-1919), Theodore Robinson (1852-1896), Childe Hassam (1859-1935) and Elmer MacRae (1875-1953) gathered to paint and share ideas.
  • Cedar Grove, The Thomas Cole National Historic Site Catskill, N.Y., 518.943.7465 Thomas Cole (1801-1848) is the founder of the Hudson River School and his Federal-style brick home “Cedar Grove” is where many of his best known masterpieces were created.
  • Demuth Museum Lancaster, Penn., 717.299.9940 AmericanModernist painted Charles Demuth (1883-1935) created almost all of his work in the second-floor studio of his Federal-style house, basing many of his paintings on the surrounding views.
  • Chesterwood Stockbridge, Mass., 413.298.3579 Chesterwood is the country home, studio and gardens of America’s most acclaimed sculptor of public monuments, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931), best known for his statues of the Minute Man in Concord, Mass., and Abraham Lincolnfor the Lincoln memorial, Washington, DC. Chesterwood is a National Trust Historic Site and administrator of the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program.
  • Florence Griswold Museum Old Lyme, Conn., 860.434.5542 This renowned center for American art is the former home of a vibrant Impressionist artist colony.
  • Fonthill Museum Doylestown, Penn., 215.348.9461 Respected archaeologist, collector, and tile maker Henry C. Mercer (1856-1930) built this early 20th-century concrete castle as a showplace for his famed Moravian tiles.
  • Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio Lenox, Mass., 413.637.0166 This Bauhaus-inspired 1930s and 40s Modernist structure was the home and studio of Suzy Frelinghuysen (1911-1988) and George L.K. Morris (1905-1975), founding members of the American Abstract Artists. They painted and championed American abstract art and collected the 20th century’s greatest abstract art including Picasso, Gris, Matisse and Leger.
  • Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center Garrison, N.Y., 845.424.3812 Manitogais the modern home, studio and 75-acre woodland garden of pre-eminent American industrial designer Russel Wright (1904-1976). Developed between 1942 and 1976, Manitoga provides a comprehensive experience of Wright’s enduring vision of the unity of nature and design.
  • N.C. Wyeth House and Studio Chadds Ford, Penn., 610.388.2700 N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945) spent much of his life and career here as one of the period’s most successful illustrators. The site offers the opportunity to experience not only the studio where Wyeth created many of his memorable works of art, but also the home where he raised his extraordinarily creative children.
  • Newsday Center for Dove/Torr Studies Heckscher Museum of Art, Centerport, N.Y., 631.351.3250 Originally a post office and general store, this tiny, wood-frame cottage was purchased in 1938 as the only home the Modernist artists Arthur Dove (1880-1946) and Helen Torr (1886-1967) ever owned. Its surroundings inspired Dove’s best-known paintings.
  • Olana State Historic Site Hudson, N.Y., 518.828.0135 Olana, the home created by 19th-century landscape painter Frederic E. Church (1826-1900), includes a Persian-inspired castle, a 250-acre designed landscape, and unparalleled Hudson River vistas, is one of the only intact 19th century artists’ residences open to the public.
  • Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center East Hampton, N.Y., 631.324.4929 This is the former home and studio of Jackson Pollock (1912-1956), and Lee Krasner (1908-1984), two of the foremost Abstract Expressionist painters.
  • Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site Cornish, N.H., 603.675.2175 This 150-acre National Park Service site consists of the home, gardens, and studios of Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), one of America’s foremost sculptors.
  • Weir Farm National Historic Site Wilton, Conn., 203.834.1896 Perhaps the finest remaining landscape of American Impressionism, Weir Farm was the summer home and workplace of J. Alden Weir (1852-1919), a leading figure in American art and the development of American Impressionism. The landscape and structures remain remarkably intact, including the house, studio, and farm buildings, fields and stone walls that were integral to Weir’s artistic vision. The site has been used continuously by artists from the 19th-century to the present.
  • The Wharton Esherick Studio Valley Forge, Penn., 610.644.5822 Wharton Esherick (1887-1970) is considered one of the most important furniture designers of the 20th-century. This eclectic home and studio were built and expanded over a period of 40 years, reflecting the artist’s evolving style, from Arts and Crafts to the Studio Furniture movement.

SOUTHERN REGION

  • Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Winter Park, Fla., 407.647.6294 This former Mediterranean-style home and studio of internationally known sculptor, Albin Polasek (1879-1965), features his life-like busts and grand sculptures in several rooms as well as the broad gardens that slope down to Lake Osceola.
  • Edward V. Valentine Sculpture Studio Richmond, Va., 804.649.0711 A major 19th-century artist, Edward V. Valentine (1838-1930) was one of the most talented Southern sculptors of the post-Civil War period.
  • Gari Melchers Home and Studio Fredericksburg, Va., 540.654.1015 The 18th-century Belmont estate was home to prominent portraitist and American Impressionist painter Gari Melchers (1860-1932).
  • Melrose Plantation Historic Home Natchitoches, La., 318.379.0055 Famed African American folk artist Clementine Hunter (1887-1988), the first self-taught painter was awarded the Rosenwald Fund Fellowship in 1945, lived and worked at Melrose Plantation for 75 years.

MIDWEST REGION

  • Burchfield Homestead Museum Salem, Ohio, 330.332.8601 Named “Best U.S. watercolorist” by Time Magazinein 1956 and “artist to America” by President Lyndon Johnson, Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967) created most of his Ohio paintings at this family homestead, where often his subject matter was views from its windows.
  • Grant Wood Studio Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 319.366.7503 This is the original studio where artist Grant Wood (1891-1942) lived and worked from 1924 through 1934. Designed and built by Wood, this light-filled, inspirational loft is where he painted American Gothic(1930) and many of the other works that made him internationally famous.
  • Pewabic Pottery Detroit, Mich., 313.822.0954 Mary Chase Perry Stratton (1867-1961) founded Pewabic Pottery in 1903, at the height of the American Arts and Crafts movement. Nationally renowned for its tile and pottery featuring unique glazes, today this National Historic Landmark includes education and fabrication studios, as well as galleries and a museum store.
  • Roger Brown Study Collection School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Ill., 773.929.2452 This eclectic collection of Chicago Imagist artist Roger Brown (194-1997) is housed in his former residence and studio, a two-story, 1880 brick storefront building.
  • T.C. Steele Historic Site Nashville, Ind., 812.988.2785 The T.C. Steele State Historic Site includes the last home and studio of Indiana artist Theodore Clement Steele (1847-1926), a member of the noted Hoosier Group of American Impressionist painters.
  • Thomas Hart Benton Home & Studio State Historic Site Kansas City, Mo., 816.931.5722 This eclectic style home and studio of American regionalist painter, sculptor, lecturer and writer, Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) remain virtually as he left them, with his painting tools, supplies, and stretched canvas in the studio.

SOUTHWEST REGION

  • E.I. Couse Historic Home and Studio Taos, N.M., 505.751.0369 (May-October by pre-arrangement), 520.298.4535 (off-season) This traditional adobe home, the earliest parts of which date from the 1830s, contains the artist’s furnishings, collections, and paintings of Native Americans.
  • Elisabet Ney Museum Austin, Texas, 512.458.2255 The Elisabet Ney Museum is the former American studio of European portrait sculptor and Texas cultural pioneer Elisabet Ney (1833-1907). Personally designed by Elisabet Ney in 1892, the former studio houses Ney portraits from life of 19th century European and Texas notables together with books, photographs, and furniture originally owned by Elisabet Ney.
  • Georgia O’Keeffe House and Studio Abiquiu, N.M., 505.946.1000 This outstanding home and studio of Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986), famous for her paintings of abstract flowers and natural objects found in the desert, is open by appointment through the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

MOUNTAIN-PLAINS REGION

  • Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art Denver, Colo., 303.832.8576 This remarkable site, including the original 1911 Arts and Crafts-style building, displays an internationally important decorative arts collection (1880-1980) with over 3,300 works on view, a retrospective of noted Colorado painter Vance Kirkland (1904-1981) and the works of over 160 other modernist Colorado artists.
  • C.M. Russell Museum Great Falls, Mont., 406.727.8787 The C.M. Russell Museum complex includes western painter Charles Russell’s 1900 Victorian home and the log studio he built next to it in 1903. Both the home and studio, on their original sites, are registered historic landmarks and are open to the public.

WESTERN REGION

  • Grace Hudson Museum and Sun House Ukiah, Calif., 707.467.2836 This 1911 Craftsmen bungalow was home and studio to Grace Hudson (11865-1937), nationally-known portrait painter of Native Americans.
  • San Maloof Historic Residence and Woodworking Studio Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 909.980.0412 One of the finest master craftsman of our time, Sam Maloof (1916-present) has designed and produced furniture with profound artistic vision for over 50 years. Maloof designed and built his home and studio, set in a 5.5 acre citrus grove. The studio is still active today.

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For more information on Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios, please call Chesterwood at 413.298.3579 or visit www.preservationnation.org/historic_artists.

Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios was made possible by the generous support of the Wyeth Foundation for American Art.

 
 

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Telephone: 413.298.3579
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