Some exhibits come and go, but this one is here to stay. Olana is the fantastic and fantastical home of 19th century painter Frederick Church. Located in the northern Hudson Valley, it has been beautifully restored. It's often cited for its quirky mash-up of architectural styles, but a recent article in the Wall Street Journal rightly calls our attention to the role of color in this jewel of a building.
Re-visiting to site, author Michael J Lewis comments on the improvements recently made to the surrounding grounds, which help put things in perspective:
"Now it is finally possible to understand Olana as a unity of house and grounds. Without its setting, the Persian fantasia makes little sense. Its loud palette of red, black and yellow desperately needs complementary colors to offset it, and this Church provided in the form of 250 acres of green woods and meadows—an emerald setting in which the ruby glistens. Belatedly Olana is no longer a cranky Victorian folly but that rarest of all jewels, an essay in chromatic thought."