Just back from a long celebratory Thanksgiving weekend in the Hudson River Valley, stuffed and tired. In between the festivities, I indulged in my usual activities: looking around for interesting houses, and things. Almost as soon as you cross over the line from Massachusetts into New York the traditional domestic architecture is different, which never ceases to amaze me. You enter into a world of board and batten, center gable roofs, and little square second-story windows. Lots more pillars. I believe that the Dutch influence is much less evident on the eastern side of the Hudson River where my brother lives than the western, but I could be wrong: my favorite house of the weekend, which I’ll start with below, has a Dutch look to it along with lots of interesting outbuildings, all of which possess an irresistible air of abandonment–love the Gothic Revival windows casually propped up against the side of its barn.
Some more Rhinebeck houses that caught my eye, beginning with the center-gabled ones that are everywhere in this area, and ending with a house that is in Red Hook, just to the north along route 9G: Rhinebeck was a bit crowded on Black Friday so I ventured up there.
I have pledged to do all my Christmas shopping in downtown Salem, but I can look elsewhere, so I popped in all the shops of Rhinebeck and then drove up to less-precious Red Hook. Just a few things that caught my eye–still-trendy mismatched pattern plates from Spruce Design & Decor, embroidered pictures and cardboard “busts” (dressed for the holidays) from Paper Trail, and an assortment of creatures from Tivoli Mercantile.
December 1st, 2013 at 11:53 am
Have to admit I’ve always been startled by the change going from Massachusetts to New York, and wasn’t sure if I was just imagining it!
December 1st, 2013 at 12:14 pm
December 2nd, 2013 at 9:35 am
I like the pictures of the old houses. Have a good December!
December 3rd, 2013 at 1:13 pm
Glad you enjoyed your visit, Rhinebeck is great for Christmas shopping.
December 5th, 2013 at 12:51 pm
Think of the architectural change in terms of watersheds – rivers running down to the Connecticut, the Housatonic to the east, to the Hudson west of the Taconics. Goods, people and information go easily up and down rivers.
The Taconic and the Berkshire Mountains also create barriers and thus communities know each other up and down the valleys, not necessarily across the mountains, determining construction and stylistic patterns.
Then there are settlement patterns determined by land grants from various royal governors… and the fact that the Dutch and English didn’t mix in pre-Revolutionary NY….