Stately Georgian Colonial. 3 Guesthouses. 3 Barns. Pool. 2 Ponds. Hudson River Frontage. Berkshire Views. 73.1± Acres.
Dining room fireplace
Ball room fireplace
Living rom fireplace
Peak at Berkshires from side yard
Farmhouse and dependencies
Farm to the north
This stately Georgian Colonial was erected in local brick in 1910 to maximize views of its elongated Hudson River shoreline and distant prospects of the Berkshires. Wedding Present Farm (73.1± Acres) is set amongst a string of storied manor houses and river estate farms south of Albany that articulated life for prominent families. It borders conserved land, including the 330± acre working farm at its northern border (once owned by the notable lawyer, merchant and agronomist Edward Townsend Reed). The house with cupola at the south was owned by the proprietor of Knickerbocker Ice.
The house proudly displays classical architecture in oversized and high ceilinged public rooms admitting light at both ends, centered on delicately carved fireplaces and enjoying oak floors. Exterior porched entrances are of classical Grecian styling and columned iteration, either using hand-carved volutes or Corinthian capitals. The river doorway, foyer and staircase are of an equal prominence as the front entrance. The bookcased living room (29x17) yields through french doors on each side of the carved fireplace to a large columned south porch with a brick breastworked fireplace that connects to the postern. Above it, a large roofed terrace is accessed by french doors from a bedroom. The dining room (29x17) is expressed by high raised panel wainscotting, a carved fireplace mantel with classical motifs and oak floors. The adjoining kitchen dining room (19x17) is fireplaced and is open to the north porch and the kitchen (24x12) and butler's pantry with marble countertops. Second story bedrooms, baths and hallways are amply proportioned. The master bedroom is 31x 17. The third story ballroom (40x25) has two facing fireplaces and wide board floors. Architectural whimseys and conceits applied by the noted housewright Mr. Selkirk are far too numerous for further enumeration here. Ancient and stately specimen deciduous and nondeciduous trees grace the grounds, including the massive tuliptree near the south porch. Ancillary dwellings include a 3,400sf Tudor-styled guesthouse and two other three-bedroomed guesthouses. These are supported by three barns, garages and fields. The driveway penetrates entrance woods and two ponds. The pool is to the north. A wood road runs from the house to the included 42 acre Shad Island. More land available. Handy to Albany, Mass Pike and Shore Towns.