NEW!  “This Place Matters” – Dutch Culture USA support for 48 Hudson

Dutch Culture USA is the division of the Kingdom of the Netherlands’ government that promotes arts and culture from the Netherlands in the United States. In 2016, Dutch Culture USA awarded Historic Albany Foundation a grant to help expand awareness of the Van Ostrande-Radliff House, or simply, “48 Hudson Avenue”—Upstate New York’s oldest remaining, and authentically Dutch-style, urban building. Through this first-of-its-kind public art project, Dutch Culture USA and Historic Albany Foundation will creatively showcase this valuable object of shared cultural heritage between the U.S. and the Netherlands.

The “This Place Matters” Project, generously funded by Dutch Culture USA, includes the creation of graphic, fabric “scrims,” installed on 48 Hudson’s north and east facades. Working together, preservation architects, historians, and artists designed the north scrim to depict the building’s north side in trompe l’oeil, as it likely appeared when it was constructed, ca. 1728. The east scrim will be a large sign that will call attention to 48 Hudson from the eastern view in historic Downtown Albany.

The purpose of the “This Place Matters” Project is to attract support for the stabilization and restoration of 48 Hudson. The friendship between Dutch Culture USA and several local cultural institutions aims to make New York’s Dutch heritage accessible to the public, promote international exchange between artists and organizations, and offer opportunities for educational exchange.

By embracing its Dutch heritage, the city of Albany is putting itself on the map in terms of heritage tourism development. The Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands believes 48 Hudson will play a key role in building Albany’s and the region’s heritage tourism economy as it relates to the city’s settlement and founding. 

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