Historic Hudson Valley site in limbo

In today’s New York Times, there is an article on the first page of the Arts section about Montgomery Place the Hudson River home sold to Historic Hudson Valley in the mid 1980s.  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/17/arts/design/17historic.html?ref=arts

Reporters from the Times were able to get access to recent board minutes which as the reporters tell it, show active conversations at meetings over the last six months about possible sale or subdivision of the property. Montgomery Place has a superb landscape by AJ Davis, setting, and historic house. All of this is troubling, no matter what the outcome.  Waddell Stillman, President of HHV, is quoted as saying that the Board should never have acquired the site as they did not have the funds to buy, maintain or restore the property. Richard Jenrette, the financer who owns several nearby historic properties, asked that HHV donate the property and his group would form a “friends of” group to preserve the property, but no response has been noted.

There are many other sites that are struggling, like HHV around the county.  Some were profiled in my book New Solutions for House Museums, but others have emerged more recently. Please see the tags on blog posts over the last year and a half if you wish to learn more.