Holiday House and School Nearby the River

Design a house on the Hudson

The property itself posed historical challenges, too. Because it had once been part of the venerable Livingston family’s holdings, Berry originally had a contemporary interpretation of an archetypal Hudson River villa in the back of her mind. “How to design a house on the Hudson when you have all these intimidating, varied, and, eclectic traditions to contend with?” she asked herself.

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But with an architecture degree from the Cooper Union and course work at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies on her resume, she was well equipped to draw on a knowledge of architectural history and a personal predilection for modernism.

“I decided on modernism but in a vocabulary that would be substantial and allow the house to blend into the landscape. Personally, I couldn’t do anything too crazy–I’m really a traditionalist,” says Berry.

house had to complement but not impose itself on the landscape

house had to complement but not impose itself on the landscape

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