165 years at “The Point” – Calvert Vaux’s 1855 creation, changing times, and today – Recorded Program

Video Presentation by Jon Lawson for the Rhinebeck Historical Society
165 years at “The Point” – Calvert Vaux’s 1855 creation, changing times, and today.

The Point / Hoyt House designed by Calvert Vaux in 1855 is a pivotal example of American Picturesque design. Created three years after the death of Vaux’s mentor and partner Andrew Jackson Downing, and two years before Vaux began the Greensward Plan for New York City’s Central Park, The Point is iconic for its success in marrying architecture with its landscape.


*****Here’s an update on the Hoyt Carriageway bridge project*****
Just inside the entry gates on Old Albany Post Road in Staatsburg, the Hoyt Carriageway Bridge carries the historic carriageway that leads to The Point over the railroad tracks. Designed by Calvert Vaux for Lydig and Geraldine Livingston Hoyt in 1855, the site holds as its hidden treasure an iconic experience of American Picturesque architecture and landscape design.

After 100 years in service, the bridge was closed to hikers in 2015. To return it to service, CVPA must complete an engineering study that determines the extent of repairs needed and then complete those repairs. We have received a Hudson River Valley Greenway grant to help support this important step.

Reopening the Bridge will help CVPA share The Point’s important story – as well as the urgency and redevelopment potential in saving the site and creating uses for it that benefit the regional economy.

Let’s restore the Hoyt Carriageway Bridge to enhance our enjoyment of Mills Norrie State Park and provide visitors access to The Point from the Old Post Road through the Staatsburg entry gates as Vaux intended!

Thank you to everyone who helped CVPA build momentum for The Point in 2021!

Recently Peter Melewski and an associate from Creighton Manning Engineering inspected the Hoyt bridge, braving cold temperatures and rising winds. They have collected their data, images, etc., and will now write their report, with recommendations on the extent of repairs needed.

CVPA (Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance) received a Greenway grant to fund this report. Once the report is released CVPA can move forward into planning for Phase 2 of the project, the actual repair of the structure.