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.
The mission of the Edward Hopper Landmark Preservation Foundation is to preserve and maintain the birthplace and boyhood home of artist Edward Hopper (1882-1967); to maintain an archive of Edward Hopper documents and memorabilia; to serve as a resource for scholars, art historians, and art lovers worldwide; to function as a multi-arts center for artists to display their work in all media, and to encourage and nurture community engagement with the arts.
Today's Hopper House
Nathan Horner exhibition, 2010
After Marion’s death in 1965, the 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 now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The ground floor is a vibrant exhibition space featuring exhibitions of 20th century through contemporary art. One gallery in the house is dedicated to early Hopper work and memorabilia and rotating exhibits relating to Edward Hopper. Concerts, lectures, and special events take place throughout the year and books, posters, note cards, and postcards of Hopper’s work are available for purchase in the gift shop.
A Kitchen Conversation, video discussion by Anna Lise Jensen with the founders of Edward Hopper House (click on "Kitchen Conversation" to watch)