Do you speak feng shui? Are the beauty and harmony of your physical surroundings integral to your productivity and peace of mind? Is there an unfulfilled interior-design genius lurking within your soul? In that case, you’re in for a special treat on Memorial Day weekend, when some very special spaces in the City of Hudson open their doors to visitors.
Sponsored by Design Hudson, the Designer Showcase Home Tour kicks off with a cocktail party at the from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 25 at the Oliver Bronson House, where historical architectural remnants will be juxtaposed with contemporary furniture, art and home décor created by 20 Hudson businesses. First built as a Federal-style residence for Samuel Plumb in 1812, the Bronson house and grounds were reinvented by renowned architect Alexander Jackson Davis into a fully realized Romantic/Picturesque estate for Dr. Oliver Bronson and his family in two successive remodeling campaigns dating to 1839 and 1849. The house is the earliest extant design by Davis in the “bracketed mode,” and was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2003.
Admission to the opening party costs $35. On Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., you can go at your own pace on a self-guided tour of the Bronson House and six other architecturally significant Hudson homes, each with a room that showcases the work of a local designer. For $25 ($20 in advance), you can stop to visit the dream rooms of Ferol Barton Blake of Fdesign at 10 South Front Street, Andy Goldsborough Interior Design at 105 Warren Street, FR Gillette at 217 Warren Street, Amy Row of Homepolish at 41 West Court Street, Alan Barlis of BarlisWedlick at 17 North Fourth Street and Brown Cranna Interior Design at 420 Warren Street.
A Combination Pass to the tours and cocktail party costs $50 in advance. There will also be a Saturday Evening Soirée along Warren Street and beyond, for free, from 5 to 8 p.m. on May 26. Designer Showcase Home Tour ticketholders can also save $5 on admission to the Hudson Berkshire Wine and Food Festival, happening the same weekend at the nearby Columbia County Fairgrounds.
The Bronson House is located on the west side of Worth Avenue (Route 9), 0.2 miles south of Warren Street. Pick up your Home Tour pass at the Design Hudson headquarters at 442 Warren Street. For more info, visit https://visithudsonny.com/design-hudson.