Col. Oliver Hazard Payne Estate is a historic 60-acre (24 ha) estate located on the west bank of the Hudson River at Esopus in Ulster County, New York. It has a 42,000-square-foot (3,900 m2) Beaux Arts-style Mediterranean palazzo with an open courtyard designed in 1905 by the architect Thomas Hastings of the renowned firm Carrere and Hastings, who also designed the New York Public Library and the Frick Collection. It is constructed of reinforced concrete and faced with Italian limestone topped by red tile clad hipped roofs. The eastern portico has six single-story Ionic columns set between rugged arched pavilions and is fronted by a balustraded terrace overlooking the river. At the palazzo's center is an enclosed courtyard fitted with a fountain and recessed loggias adorned with frescoes. Located nearby on the riverbank is a stone boat house that is part of the estate. The boathouse, built soon after the palazzo, is a rare survivor of its type on the river, it is neither Italian Renaissance nor rustic, but somewhere between the two.
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