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Tower in view of painter's old NY home sparks suit


August 24. 2013 11:39AM
Associated Press

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(AP) The views that inspired classic Hudson River landscape paintings by Frederic Church in the 19th century remain largely intact.


Keeping those views unmarred is the focus of a legal fight over plans for a 190-foot emergency communications tower 2 miles from Church's old estate, Olana, now a National Historic Landmark in upstate New York.


Proponents of the tower say it's necessary for public safety. Opponents say it's as if someone wants to deface one of the old master's paintings.


The new antenna-style, latticed tower will be roughly six times wider at the tree line than the two towers it would replace.


Church was among the most famous of the Hudson River School painters, a group known for their romantic depictions of the young country's natural landscapes.


Associated Press


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