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Partners in Design: Frederic Church, Calvert Vaux, and the Making of Olana's Main House
Frederic Church, America’s first international art star, returned from his travels through the Near East in 1869 filled with inspiration for the great house that he planned to build on his property near Hudson, New York. He turned to Calvert Vaux, an architect well known for his successful collaborations with landscape designers, particularly Church’s friend Frederick Law Olmsted. Dr. Sean Sawyer, the Washburn and Susan Oberwager President of The Olana Partnership, will explore the intensely collaborative design partnership that produced Olana's Main House.

Sep 30, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Sean E. Sawyer, Ph.D
Washburn and Susan Oberwager President @The Olana Partnership
Sean Sawyer has served as the Washburn & Susan Oberwager President of The Olana Partnership since May 2015. He received a B.A. summa cum laude in Art History & Archaeology from Princeton University in 1988 and his Ph.D. in Architectural History from Columbia University in 1999. Prior to joining Olana, Sean was the Executive Director of The Royal Oak Foundation, the American partner of the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. He began his career as Executive Director of the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. Sean currently serves on the New York State Council on the Arts Architecture and Design Advisory Panel, the Historic House Committee of the American Association for State and Local History, and the Board of Directors of The American Friends of Attingham.