25 Cropsey Lane Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
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The Gallery of Art Building at 25 Cropsey Lane was completed and opened to the public on October 16, 1994. The Gallery, designed in the Gothic Revival style, houses the bulk of the Foundation's collection of paintings by Jasper Cropsey. Above the entryway on the exterior is The Herald, bronze statue created for the Foundation by the sculptor Frederick Hart.
The Cropsey Gallery is entered from the Rotunda, a circular foyer adorned by hand painted scenes depicting events in the history of New York State, as well as a replica of Cropsey's design for the seal of the seventh regiment drill shed in New York City. The Rotunda is also noteworthy for its ornate woodwork and terrazo floor. The Cropsey Gallery is a large octagonal space with thirty foot high ceilings. A substantial number of Cropsey oil paintings are on view here, hung in the "parlor" or "salon" style prevalent in the 19th century. The Cropsey Gallery is patterned after Cropsey's studios in Hastings and Warwick, utilizing rich wood panelling on the walls and ceilings. An ornate fireplace is situated in the inglenook on the south side of the room, which also has paintings, period furniture and stained glass windows on view.
The Cross Gallery is accessed through the rear hallway of the Cropsey Gallery and has 15 or so oil paintings hung at eye level, affording the opportunity to examine Cropsey's work more closely. On the north side of the Cross Gallery is Jesus of Nazareth, a bust carved from Carrera Marble by the sculptor George Kelly of New York City.