Thomas Cole as architect exhibit to open at artist's NY home

By the Associated Press | January 22, 2016 | 12:23 PM EST

CATSKILL, N.Y. (AP) — The inaugural exhibit has been announced for a reconstructed building located at the upstate New York home of the founder of the Hudson River School of art.

Officials at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill say the exhibit will focus on the landscape artist's little-known contributions to American architecture. Cole, who died in 1848, was one of the designers of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.

Two years before he died, Cole built the New Studio at his Catskill home. Demolished in 1973, the New Studio has been reconstructed in its original footprint across the lawn from Cole's home.

The building's opening exhibit will feature 29 paintings and drawings, and the artist's books about architecture. It opens May 1 and runs through Oct. 30 before going on display in Columbus from Nov. 18 through Feb. 12, 2017.