Foto Friday: Paintings and National Historic Landmarks
September 17, 2010
I went to New York City not long ago. I visited lots of museums, including MoMA.
It was packed with people. It was hard to see the paintings.
Sometimes you can have a historic preservation moment even in the middle of a museum of modern art.
That house in the distance that we’re all staring at (including Christina there in the painting) is the Olson House. Wyeth frequently drew and painted the house and its residents between 1939 – 1968.
Today the house is owned by the Farnsworth Art Museum and welcomes visitors who want to know more about its interesting history.
Already listed on the National Register, in November the house will be considered for National Historic Landmark status. (That is the highest landmark designation that exists. NHLs “bring the American Experience to life” and are recognized for their “exceptional value or quality in illustrating and interpreting the heritage of the United States.”)
UPDATE On June 30, 2011, Department of the Interior Secretary Salazar announced designation of 14 National Historic Landmarks, including the Olson House.