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

August 24, 2013 • Entertainment


In this Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, photo, Valrie Balint, associate curator at Olana State Historic Site, takes in the views of the Hudson Valley from the bell tower of of the Olana State Historic Site in Greenport, N.Y. Keeping the grounds unmarred by the trappings of modern technology is the focus of a legal fight over plans for a 190-foot emergency communications tower 2 miles from Church’s old estate, Olana. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

GREENPORT, N.Y. (AP) — The on-high views of the Hudson River that inspired Frederic Church’s classic landscape paintings remain largely as he saw them in the 19th century. The river below his hilltop home still shimmers in the sun and there are still stately mountains in the distance.

Keeping those views unmarred by the trappings of modern technology is the focus of a legal fight over plans for a 190-foot emergency communications tower 2 miles from Church’s old estate, Olana.

While backers of the tower call it a necessary choice between a nice view and public safety, opponent say the plans are tantamount to someone trying to deface one of the old master’s paintings.

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