Friends of Historic Kingston & Hudson Valley Vernacular Architecture 


October 13, 2007
A Day Long Guided Tour
Myron Teller, Colonial Revival Master Architect

"The Van Keuren House”
One of the 18th century homes opened exclusively for the October 13th Historic House Tour

For the first time Friends of Historic Kingston and Hudson Valley Vernacular Architecture have joined forces to bring you an all day tour, Myron S. Teller, Colonial Revival Master Architect, A “Stellar Teller Tour.”  Anyone who has visited old stone houses in Ulster County has more than likely come across the architectural work of Kingston native Myron Steadman Teller (1875-1959).  Teller can truly be called the first man of Hudson Valley Vernacular as we know it today.  Early in his career his “restoration” of the Sleight – Tappen house, headquarters of the Wiltwyck Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, won him much acclaim.  Later he honed his skills on numerous other local homes and was thereafter recommended as an architect with specialized knowledge of the stone houses of Ulster County by Helen Wilkinson Reynolds, acclaimed author of “Dutch Houses in the Hudson Valley Before 1776.”

The tour will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. at the Friends of Historic Kingston Gallery (corners of Main & Wall Streets in Kingston) with a slide-lecture on Teller’s work by Dr. William B. Rhoads, author of “Kingston, New York: The Architectural Guide.”  A guided walking tour of Teller’s historic structures will follow, including the Wiltwyck Inn and other of his adaptations of colonial structures into “modern homes” a few of which will be open to tour participants.  There is a break for lunch at the DAR house and then the tour resumes by car (self-driven) to the Stone Ridge area where three more buildings Teller refashioned will be explored.

The tour was envisioned foremost as an education tool to heighten awareness of historic structures and also as a fund raising effort for both FHK and HVVA.  The total, inclusive price for the daylong event is $50.00 per person for members of either group, and $65.00 for non-members.  Space is limited to the first forty participants.  To reserve a place, tickets may be purchased making checks payable to FHK and mailing them to:

Friends of Historic Kingston

PO Box 3763

Kingston, NY 12402.


For further information, please feel free to call Rob Sweeney at 845-336-0232.