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This building known as the Whaleback has been owned twice by Bard. Early in the 20th century, it was a student dormitory, (see:,212). In 1965 Bard purchased it for use as faculty apartment housing. Originally, this was…

West Market Street, Red Hook, NY

Looking west on Market Street, Red Hook, NY. Horse and wagon on road, telegraph or telephone pole on left.


This waterfall lies on the Blithewood property. When the Zabriskies owned that land they built a swimming pool next to the waterfall and would occasionally let Bard students swim in it.

Watercolor map of Blithewood

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This image is scanned from Robert A. Toole’s 2010 book, 'Landscape Gardens on the Hudson, a History,' in which he describes this as “one of the best site plans to survive showing a Picturesque landscape garden.” Original watercolor housed in the…

Ward Manor : boy campers harvesting vegetables, ca. 1940

Three boy campers stand in a vegetable crop on Ward Manor. Their arms overflow with vegetables. In the background, other harvesters are visible.