Study Historic Preservation at Hoyt House This Summer

  • 02/24/2017


  • Academics, Design Studies, Historic Preservation

  • Boston Architectural College

Hoyt House in Staatsburg, New York

Join us this summer for an exciting new summer program with the Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance, our partner organization, at Hoyt House, located in Mills Memorial State Park in Staatsburg, NY on the banks of the Hudson River, with two new preservation courses at The Boston Architectural College. Hoyt House ("The Point") was designed by Calvert Vaux in 1855 as a summer retreat for the Hoyt family. This Gilded Age era estate was continuously occupied until 1963 when the State of New York acquired it for demolition, which fortunately never occurred. Although it sits empty today, the house, outbuildings and 92 acre landscape  that comprise Hoyt House are the ideal learning tool in historic preservation for students of all backgrounds. The courses will be offered partially online with an onsite component at Hoyt House from June 16-25.

The courses are:
HSP 2013: Heritage Documentation Students will immerse themselves in the National Park Service's HABS (Historic American Building Survey) program, as well as HALS (Historic American Landscape Survey) and HAER (Historic American Engineering Record).  In addition to this, students will also learn modern digital documentation techniques through a three day photogrammetry workshop that will take place during the residency period.

HSP 2016: New York State History-Architecture and Society The structure of this course will address three primary regions of New York State: The Hudson Valley, New York City and Western New York, with an emphasis on the first two. This course covers architectural and societal developments of New York State from the Dutch Colonial period through the post-war era.

Both courses are available for three (3) units of graduate or undergraduate credit hours. While in Staatsburg, students will use Hoyt House as a field school for their courses through lectures, workshops and field trips. Proposed excursions in the Hudson River Valley region include potential trips to other historic architectural treasures like Mills Mansion and Olana, and visits to other towns in the region. There will also be a day trip to New York City with a tour of Central Park with a Vaux landscape historian. Housing will be provided at the Culinary Institute of America in their Hyde Park campus, which is famous for its on campus restaurants and cafes. In addition to course tuition, there will be an additional fee of $700-$900 to cover housing and other course related travel. Travel scholarships are available!