|The Visual Heritage of the Hudson-Mt. Merino Viewshed|
Detail from View of Hudson and the Catskills.
Lithograph after drawing by
Jacques Gerard Milbert (1766-1840).
From Amerique Septentrionale. C. 1820
Seeing South Bay focuses on the famous vista just south of Hudson, New York
encompassing South Bay and Mt. Merino on the
eastern edge of the Hudson River. The exhibit brings together nearly 100 images documenting over 200 years of history of the area --
tracing its status as inspiration for Hudson River School artists to its near destruction by industrial use in the late 19th to early 20th
centuries. Seeing South Bay raises critical issues about possible future plans for the area.
With a mix of scenery and history|
unmatched anywhere else in the country,
the Hudson Valley is one of America’s
greatest treasures. South Bay, with Mt.
Merino rising overhead, represents a
significant part of that heritage. The
history of this landscape vista should
compel each of us to ask: What have we
lost and what could we lose further?
|The National Trust for Historic Preservation, March 3, 2001|
|327 Warren Street Hudson NY|