Join the Campaign for the New Studio

For over a decade, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site has been the place for inspiration and scholarship on the birth of America’s first major art movement. Through exhibitions, lectures, special events and tours of the historic buildings and grounds, the Hudson River School has been brought to life.

“I am now sitting in my New Studio which is about completed though the walls are not quite dry…”  

Thomas Cole, December 1846

At the heart of the organization are the 19th century spaces where Thomas Cole made history: the 1815 Main House, the 1839 Old Studio, and the gardens and views that surround them. One critical piece, however, had been missing for the last forty years – Thomas Cole’s New Studio.

Built in 1846 according to Thomas Cole’s own design, the building stood a few hundred yards from Cole’s home at Cedar Grove for 125 years. Tragically, it was torn down in 1973 after falling into disrepair. However, we joyfully announce that the New Studio has been rebuilt and constructed in May of 2016. We’ve raised 97% of our $1.6 million campaign goal. For a behind-the-scenes look into the reconstruction process visit Reconstructing Thomas Cole’s New Studio. 

Make Your Contribution Today


We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the people who have already contributed to this historic campaign. This list is updated periodically; please do let us know if you see anything that needs correcting:

$500,000 and up

Empire State Development/I LOVE NY


$100,000 to $499,000

Raymond Beecher

Lisa Fox Martin & Dick May

The May Family Foundation


$50,000 to $99,000

Kathy Klingenstein & Robert Miller

Nina Matis & Alan Gosule

Anne Miller & Stuart Breslow

Richard Sharp


$25,000 to $49,000

Robert Appel

Marianne Lockwood & David Bury

Betsy Scott & Alfred Scott

Warner Shook & Frank Swim


$10,000 to $24,000

Asli & Evren Ay

David Barnes &  Jill Taylor

The Bay and Paul Foundations, Inc.

Matthew & Maria Brown

The Enoch Foundation

Barry & Gloria Garfinkel

Michel Goldberg & Frances Spark

Hudson River Foundation

Johnnie Moore & Ashton Hawkins

Maynard & Kay Toll

Evelyn D. Trebilcock & Douglas Hammond

Alice Walton


$5,000 to $9,999

Peter Bakal

Valerie Balint & Brock Ganeles

Gary DiMauro Real Estate, Inc.

David & Mary Forer

Linda & Tom Gentalen

David & Laura Grey

Jean Hamilton & Richard McCarthy

Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation

James G. & Purcell Palmer Foundation

Loring G. & Anne Pratt

Questroyal Fine Art

Stephen Shadley

Peter Spears & Brian Swardstrom

Hudson Talbott & Jay Lesenger

Sybil & Richard Tannenbaum

Wyeth Foundation for American Art


$1,000 to $4,999

The Barker Welfare Foundation

Mark Caldwell & James O’Shea

Stephen & Jacqueline Dunn

Charles & Kristin Gamble Flood

Ginnie Gardiner & Jon Phillips

Thomas & Di-Anne Gibson

Hudson River Valley Greenway

Peter Jung

Meredith Kane

Martin & Veronica Kosich

Richard & Elizabeth Mason

Patti Matheney & Michael Schrom

Jane W. Nuhn Trust

Richard & Kimberly Rappleyea

Barbara Rivette

Nancy Ursprung

Wheelock Whitney & Sandro Cagnin


Up to $999

J. Winthrop Aldrich & Ms. Tracie Rozhon

Alexandra Anderson

Gilbert S. & Mary Ann Bagnell

Richard & Carleen Baright

Eric & Katherine Baumgartner

Gregg Berninger

Annette & Stanley Blaugrund

Peter Buffington

Nicholas Bulzacchelli

Robert & Joan Carl

Eileen Charbonneau & Edward C. Gullo

Eliza Childs

Owen Davidson & Mark Prezorski

Thomas DePietro & Dorothy Heyl

Gerald & Dian Fausel

Carrie Feder & Mr. Randall Evans

Marshall Field

Peter Finger

MaryEllen Gallagher

Theron & Lisa Gunderman

Barbara Hancock

Delmar D. Hendricks

Charles D. Hewett, Jr. & Charles E. Olbricht

Joseph & Mary Pesez Kames

Patricia & John Kay

Carol Kohan

Richard & Elizabeth Livingston

Kenneth W. & Janet Maddox

Ronnie McCue

Ellen McKeon

Ronald G. Peters & Johna Peachin

Janis Pforsich & Larry Gillaspie

Antonella Preve

Irwin & Susan Richman

Keith & Kathy Rubin

Philip & Bunny Savino

Alan Wallach

George Ward

Professor John Wilmerding

Zukowski-Diamond Foundation

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