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Boscobel during demolition, c. 1955. Boscobel House and Gardens archives.


Friday, April 14, 6:30pm
Boscobel Lost & Found
Boscobel has been admired since first built in Montrose, New York in 1804-08. In spite of that, the house was (in)famously sold in 1955 to a wrecker for just $35. Preservationists reclaimed as many fragments from the original structure as possible, and resurrected the house on its present, glorious site in Garrison. This lecture will 1) examine why Boscobel was considered too precious to lose even after demolition had begun, and 2) reveal which elements of the museum survive from the original house.
Jennifer Carlquist is a design and decorative arts historian who has served as Curator of Boscobel House and Gardens since 2015. She lectures widely and teaches as an Adjunct Professor at SUNY New Paltz. Ms. Carlquist previously worked at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Weisman Art Museum, Glensheen Historic Estate, and as a Research Fellow at Winterthur Museum. She is an alumna of the Attingham London House Course, Attingham Summer School, Winterthur Fall Institute, the Cooper-Hewitt’s History of Design and Decorative Arts Program, and the University of Minnesota.


The lecture will take place in Boscobel’s grand entrance hall at 6:30pm, followed by a wine and cheese reception sponsored by Munder-Skiles Garden Furniture, Garrison, NY.


See other lectures in this series below:
Edwina von Gal, April 28
Ulysses G. Dietz, May 12



  • Jennifer Carlquist Lecture
    Friday, April 14, 2017
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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