Roderic Blackburn has been engaged in research and writing on the history, architecture, and arts of New York State for over 30 years. Dozens of magazine articles and several books relate to living in the upper Hudson River Valley and are especially useful to those who have or will purchase a home here. Here are vignettes from these publications selected for those interested in our region. Also see (above) The Real Estate Reports for Rod Blackburn's monthly column on the real estate market and advice on buying, fixing, and selling properties.
A History in Art and Architecture. Ruth Piwonka and Roderic H. Blackburn. The Columbia County Historical Society. 3rd printing. An extensively illustrated book showing many of the fine period houses of the county as well as its arts, 17th-19th centuries, letting pictures tell the story of the county's history.
Roderic H. Blackburn and Ruth Piwonka. Albany Institute of History and Art (1988). A comprehensive look at life, art, architecture and artifacts of living in Dutch America in the colonial period. Based on a major exhibition.
Roderic H. Blackburn; Geoffrey Gross, photographer (Rizzoli 2009, forthcoming). The earliest houses in New England (1640 and on) grew out of an English post-medieval vernacular type brought to this region by Puritan refugees from the religious intolerance of the Church of England and King Charles I. This is a story of not just architecture, but of a style of life, a deeply held faith, and the beginnings of democratic institutions in America.
Roderic H. Blackburn; Geoffrey Gross, photographer (Rizzoli 2002). Wonderful color photos of so many early houses, barns and other structures of New York and New Jersey. The text gives the reader the tools to "read" early houses; how they were built, altered and added to so as to accommodate human needs and practical necessities.
Roderic H. Blackburn; Geoffrey Gross, photographer (Rizzoli 2008). A score of the finest houses of New England, lavishly photographed and described in the context of their historical style, the personality which built them and what has happened to them. Famous mansions and rediscovered masterpieces from 1715 to 1930 cover import styles, architects and eccentrics too. .
These and other publications are available from R. H. Blackburn & Associates Real Estate, just contact us by phone (518 758-1788) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org)