Edward Hopper House...the beginnings
High School Graduation Photo
Edward Hopper’s (1882-1967) birthplace and childhood home was built in 1858 by the artist's maternal grandfather, John Smith. After graduating from Nyack High School in 1899, Edward started commuting to New York City, where he enrolled at the New York School of Illustrating, but soon transferred to the New York School of Art. He taught drawing classes in the parlor of his Nyack home on Saturdays. In 1913 he moved to an apartment and studio at 3 Washington Square North, where he lived for the rest of his life, but he continued to visit his sister, Marion, in the Nyack home throughout his lifetime. Marion, Edward, and his wife, Josephine, died in 1965, 1967, and 1968 respectively. They are buried in a family plot at Nyack's Oak Hill Cemetery.
The exterior of the house and most of the interior were created in the style loosely called "Queen Anne." As you enter, the rooms on the left are part of the original house built in the Federal style, indicated by the classic simplicity of the mantelpiece, the faithfully restored plaster molding, and the wide floorboards. The room to the right, with a ceiling of polished wood and a tiled fireplace, was added in 1882, the year of Edward's birth. To the right at the back of the house was the kitchen.
Today's Hopper House
Nathan Horner exhibition, 2010
After Marion’s death in 1965, the Hopper House fell into disrepair, but was saved from demolition by local residents. Since 1971, the Edward Hopper House has been a not-for-profit art center. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The ground floor is a vibrant exhibition space featuring the work of emerging and established artists and the upstairs rooms are private artist studios. Workshops, concerts, lectures, and special events take place throughout the year.
One gallery in the house is dedicated to early Hopper work and memorabilia. Books, posters, note cards, and postcards of Hopper’s work are available for purchase in the gift shop.
"Kitchen Conversation," A video about the founding of Edward Hopper House Art Center. To watch a 2011 video discussion led by Anna Lise Jensen about the origins of Edward Hopper House Art Center, please Click here, and then click on "Kitchen Conversation."