Required Reading: ‘Country Life: Homes of the Catskill Mountains and Hudson Valley,’ by William Abranowicz

Veteran architectural photographer William Abranowicz’s latest book, Country Life: Homes of the Catskill Mountains and Hudson Valley (Vendome), explores 20 distinctive period and contemporary residences located amid the natural beauty of Upstate New York. Featured projects range from the historic houses of Thomas Cole and Frederic Church—quintessential landscape painters of the Hudson River School— to the characterful dwellings of local artists, architects, writers, museum curators, dancers, photographers, antiques dealers, and more.

Abranowicz opens the book with the home of celebrated architect Alan Wanzenberg, a friend and colleague, and his partner, landscape architect Peter Kelly.

Join us for a tour:

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Above: Wanzenberg created a trio of small cabins connected by a wooden walkway and fashioned from pre-cut elements from Shelter-Kit.

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Above:  “After years spent studying the property’s topography, views, and nature, Alan built the three cabins around a waterfall,” writes Abranowicz. “I’ve witnessed the way Alan designs in concert with the landscape to establish a deep connection to encourage a deep connection with the world itself.”

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Above: Light floods the interiors via strategically placed windows.

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Above: The living area features Wanzenberg’s signature eclectic touch.

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Above: A collection of objets on display in a corner of the living area.

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Above: The interiors of one of the cabins is painted a vibrant red.

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Above: A abstract looped-wire sculpture by Ruth Asawa anchors a quiet corner.

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Above: The dining area offers sweeping views of the surrounding landscape.

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Above: The kitchen features an installation of colorful tiles; note the built-in shelf in the backsplash for cookbooks.

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Above: More colorful tiles in a washing-up corner.

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