Art is about quality, not quantity. Nestled close among the many charming Tarrytown homes for sale is a perfect jewel of an art find, the legendary Union Church of Pocantico Hills. For art lovers and addicts of delightful discovery, this country church (it still holds regular Sunday services; all are welcome) is worth a wondrous detour. Union Church is home to nine stained glass windows by Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse's final artwork.
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. designed and had built Union Church in 1921, and though a church, it functioned very much as an extension of the Rockefeller name.
In 1948 Nelson Rockefeller honored his mother, patron of the arts Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, by commissioning art from two fabulously original and famous European artists, Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse. Chagall was a French-Russian artist known for his joyful, humanistic modern art. He dealt fluidly in painting, book illustration, stage design, ceramics, and chinaware, and much more. Chagall was as comfortable producing the intimate, sun-drenched stained glass for Union Church in Pocantico Hills, as he was completing the heroically scaled pieces for the lobby of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.
Visitors to the Lyndhurst mansion are equally in awe of the magnificent structure and its spectacular surroundings. Very often, those same visitors begin searching for Tarrytown homes for sale, drawn by the beauty of the Hudson Valley, the mighty Hudson River, and the charming history.
Though hard to believe when viewing the Gothic Revival mansion now, Lyndhurst started as a modest two-story country villa for the former mayor of New York City, William Paulding.
Architect Alexander Jackson Davis used the popular romantic movement of the time, so often seen in Hudson Valley paintings, to create in stone what other artists created in oils and words. The Gothic Revival style seen in what was "The Knoll" still captures the imagination today.