Yaddo is now a landmark. Officially.

Yaddo between 1900 and 1910

A photo of the Yaddo estate sometime between 1900 and 1910, shortly after it was established as an artist retreat. Here's what it looks like now.

The US Department of the Interior has approved the designation of Yaddo as a National Historic Landmark, according to Kirsten Gillibrand's office.

The designation opens the way for Yaddo to seek new preservation funding for the artists retreat in Saratoga Springs. Also, the National Park Service provides designees with a plaque. And, you know, it's also pretty cool to be an official landmark.

Yaddo was founded in 1900 by Spencer and Katrina Trask. Its mission: "to nurture the creative process by providing an opportunity for artists to work without interruption in a supportive environment." The 400-acre estate on Union Ave has hosted a remarkable lineup of notable artists, who collectively have won 67 Pulitzer Prizes, 27 MacArthur Fellowships, 68 National Book Awards, 40 National Book Critics Circle Awards, 108 Rome Prizes, 52 Whiting Writers' Awards, and a Nobel Prize. Among the artists who have stayed there: Langston Hughes, Leonard Bernstein, Truman Capote, Eudora Welty, and John Cheever.

Yaddo's gardens are open to public. The rest of the estate is closed to the public -- but it's very occasionally open to public tours. And if one comes along, it's worth checking out.

Earlier on AOA: Wandering through Yaddo

photo: Detroit Publishing Company Photograph Collection / Library of Congress via Wikipedia

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

Scanning the Capital Region's bid for half a billion dollars from the state

The project floated for this site in downtown Albany is almost unbelievably big. How do you make the case that you should get $500... (more)

From the annals of facial hair

On this week commemorating the the 186th birthday of Chester A. Arthur -- Washington County native, Union College grad, 21st President of the United States,... (more)

Revisiting the reservoir goats

A month ago the Albany Water Board announced it had hired (so to speak) five goats to clear a brush-covered section of the land around... (more)

Origin story

An independent film was shooting at Mac's Drive-In in Watervliet Monday -- the cast includes Amandla Stenberg (who played Rue in The Hunger Games) and... (more)

APL Silent Film Spectacular 2015

The Albany Public Library's Silent Film Spectacular returns for another season this month. The APL will be screening silent movies with live soundtracks performed by... (more)

Recent Comments

One of my favorite hikes is the Beebe Hill and Harvey Mountain State Forest in Austerlitz. Beebe Hill is an easy hike with a restored fire tower that gives you an awesome view of the Taconics and Catskills for very little effort. The foliage is spectacular even if you don't climb the tower.

Revisiting the reservoir goats

...has 2 comments, most recently from Josh

Distilling the next life for Albany's oldest building

...has 12 comments, most recently from theshakes

Origin story

...has 1 comment, most recently from Jim

Morning Blend for Oct 6

...has 1 comment, most recently from Tess

Four fall hikes (and post-hike bites)

...has 4 comments, most recently from Kate