Oliver Bronson House

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Plumb-Bronson House
Dr. Oliver Bronson House and Estate.jpg
Eastern exposure
Oliver Bronson House is located in New York
Oliver Bronson House
Oliver Bronson House is located in the US
Oliver Bronson House
Location Hudson, New York
Coordinates 42°14′35.23″N 73°47′8.75″W / 42.2431194°N 73.7857639°W / 42.2431194; -73.7857639Coordinates: 42°14′35.23″N 73°47′8.75″W / 42.2431194°N 73.7857639°W / 42.2431194; -73.7857639
Architect Alexander Jackson Davis
Architectural style Hudson River Bracketed[1]
NRHP Reference # 73001173 (original)
03001035 (increase)
Significant dates
Added to NRHP February 20, 1973 (original)
July 31, 2003 (increase)[2]
Designated NHL July 31, 2003[3]

The Plumb-Bronson House, also known as the Dr. Oliver Bronson House and Stables, is a historic landmark in Hudson, New York.

The house was originally built for Samuel Plumb, who purchased the site in 1811. The construction of the house has been attributed to local builder Barnabas Waterman (1776-1839), but the identity of its architect, if there was one, remains unknown. Alterations and additions to the house were designed by architect Alexander Jackson Davis and constructed in 1839 and 1849 for Dr. Oliver Bronson, who purchased the property in 1838. Davis' work converted the house into an early example of the Hudson River Bracketed style. Dr Bronson was the heir to an affluent banking family and was probably introduced to Davis by his brother in law, Robert Donaldson.[1] The grounds may be an early example of the work of landscape architect Andrew Jackson Downing.[citation needed]

Bronson sold the house in 1853. In the twentieth century portions of the property became the site of a girls' school, now used as a prison.[4] The house and its immediate grounds are now leased by Historic Hudson, Inc., who have begun a restoration program.[citation needed]

The Plumb-Bronson house was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2003.[3][5]

The house was a setting of the 2012 film Bourne Legacy.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Hudson Valley Ruins", Rinaldi, Thomas E. and Yasinsac, Robert J., University Press of New England, 2006, pg 93
  2. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ a b "Dr. Oliver Bronson House and Estate". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2007-09-17. 
  4. ^ 2003 Press Release
  5. ^ William E. Krattinger (August, 2001) National Historic Landmark Nomination: Dr. Oliver Bronson House and Estate.(Includes architectural drawings and period paintings and other figures)., National Park Service and Accompanying 25 photos, exterior and interior, from 2001.
  6. ^ "Bronson house is 'Bourne' again". Register. August 10, 2012. 

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