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  • Description: Blithewood
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    • "At Annandale, Christmas Eve 1888"

    • Annandale-on-Hudson (N.Y.)
    • This image is the only known photograph of the interior of the Bard Home. Taken after Margaret Bard's death, the house was not regularly occupied by John Bard and his second wife Annie Belcher at this time. The room appears to be well appointed and...
    • Gahagan House in its original place

    • Photographs; College buildings--New York (State); Annandale-on-Hudson (N.Y.)--Bard College;
    • This photograph depicts Gahagan House where it originally stood, now known as the Kline Commons terrace. It presently stands north of the Blithewood Gate House.
    • The moving of Gahagan House

    • College buildings--New York (State); Annandale-on-Hudson (N.Y.)--Bard College;
    • Verso explains that Gahagan house is shown "en route on Annandale Road to its present location, south of Blithewood Gate House."
    • Gardener's Cottage

    • Photographs; Gothic revival (Architecture)--New York; Romanticism in architecture
    • Called variously the Gardener's Cottage or Gardener's Lodge, this building served as the gatehouse to the Donaldson estate, Blithewood. Though A.J. Davis is often credited as the architect, an 1845 article in an agricultural publication entitled...
    • Blithewood North Lawn

    • College buildings--New York (State); Annandale-on-Hudson (N.Y.)--Bard College;
    • This photograph of the north lawn of Blithewood was probably taken soon after Bard College acquired the estate in November of 1951. At that time, and on the death of his mother, Christian Zabriskie donated (in exchange for $1) the property to...
    • Blithewood exterior

    • College buildings--New York (State); Annandale-on-Hudson (N.Y.)--Bard College;
    • This view of Blithewood from the southeast depicts the expanse of the building. After acquiring the property from Christian Zabriskie in 1951, Bard renamed the house 'Zabriskie Hall,' and used it primarily as a conference center until it was...
    • Bard Pool

    • Swimming pools--New York (State)
    • This postcard depicts another angle of the Blithewood pool. Acquired by Bard with the Blithewood estate in 1951, the college maintained the pool until the early 1970s. In the spring 2005 issue of About Town magazine, Dorothy Crane writes about the...
    • Aerial View of Blithewood

    • Annandale-on-Hudson (N.Y.)--Bard College; College buildings--New York (State); Gardens;
    • An aerial view of the east bank of the Hudson River. In the center of the image are the mansion and the garden of Blithewood estate, surrounded by forests and fields.
    • Entering the Blithewood Garden

    • Gardens;
    • Commissioned by Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Zabriskie in 1903, the firm of Hoppin and Koen created plans for the formal garden at Blithewood. In this picture, spring flowers are visible, and the Robert Bassler ('57) sculpture "Seclusion" graces the center...
    • Blithewood Garden

    • Gardens;
    • Taken soon after the transfer of the Blithewood Estate to Bard College in 1951, this photograph depicts the garden with the formal shrubbery intended in the original 1903 Hoppin & Koen plan commissioned by Mrs. Andrew C. Zabriskie.
    • "Zabriskie's Waterfalls"

    • Annandale-on-Hudson (N.Y.)--Bard College
    • In this image taken in the summer of 1945, the Zabriskie family still owned Blithewood and much of the land adjoining Bard College. As evidenced by this image labelled 'Zabrisky's (sic) Falls', a good deal of student trespassing transpired before...
    • Entrance to Blithewood

    • College buildings--New York (State); Annandale-on-Hudson (N.Y.)--Bard College; Architecture, Georgian--New York (State);
    • Designed by Hoppin & Koen, Blithewood was built for Mr. and Mrs. Andrew C. Zabriskie, and completed ca. 1901. Their son, Christian Andrew Zabriskie, transferred the Blithewood Estate to Bard College in 1951 for one dollar.
    • "Seclusion"

    • Sculpture, American--20th century;
    • This photograph of a sculpture entitled "Seclusion" was taken by the artist, Robert Bassler, class of 1957, shortly after her installation in the fountain at Blithewood garden. The sculpture was created as part of his senior project, and at the...
    • Blithewood fountain

    • Fountains
    • Gretchen White, '68 stands in the Blithewood fountain beside the sculpture "Seclusion," by Robert Bassler, '57.
    • James H. Case Jr.

    • College presidents; Photography;
    • James Herbert Case, Bard's 12th president, served the college during the 1950s. He assumed the challenge of leading the college with an energy that bred high expectations, many of which were met. In 1951, the 825 acre estate Blithewood was deeded...

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