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Hopper House Art Center

The Edward Hopper House is a community cultural center and a gallery space for artists. The ground floor is a vibrant and exciting gallery space that features monthly exhibits. In addition to a busy gallery schedule, there are life drawing lessons, lectures, and musical presentations - all made possible by an active and devoted membership.

From the porch of the two-story clapboard house on North Broadway, you have a clear view down the slope of Second Avenue to the bank of the Hudson River and the opposite shore. It was this view that the young Edward Hopper saw every day from his upstairs window when he was growing up in the late 1800's.

The house was built in 1858 by the Edward's maternal grandfather. Edward's father, Garret Hopper, moved into the house after marrying the owner's daughter, Elizabeth, in 1878. Edward and his sister Marion were born in the house - he in 1882 and she in 1880. Marion lived in the house, unmarried, until her death in 1965. Although Edward left Nyack early in his life, he held title to the house until he died. Thus the house was home to three generations of one family, and no other family has owned it.

The character of Nyack has changed since Edward Hopper was a boy. Approximately half of the business blocks were built in the first decade of Edward's life, and many of the houses are still standing.

From the time of the Civil War until 1893, Nyack was a fast growing center of transportation and manufacturing. Nyack was both a rail terminal, with 30 passenger trains a day, and a port for steamboats and a cross-Hudson ferry. The town boasted three shipyards; six shoe factories, four cigar factories, a church organ factory and a piano factory three stories high. After the financial panic of 1893 and a brief but harsh depression, growth came to a halt and many factories closed permanently. Nyack survived as a picturesque river town.

The young Hopper was greatly influenced by the one industry that continued well into the 20th century--boat building. After school, he spent many hours around the docks at the foot of Main Street and at a boat yard a few blocks north of Hopper House where Gedney Street joins Ackerman Place.

Edward built one boat to prove he could do it and thought seriously of becoming a marine architect. Some of his earliest drawings were of boating on the Hudson River. His love of boats and the water was reflected in his paintings and watercolors throughout his career.

Edward Hopper graduated from Nyack High School in 1899 and started commuting to art classes in New York City. He also taught art classes at the house in Nyack on Saturdays. After three trips to Paris from 1906 to 1910, he moved to a room on East 59th Street in New York City -- never to call Nyack his home again. In 1913 he moved to an apartment and studio, Number 3 Washington Square North, where he lived until he died. In 1924 he married artist Josephine Nivison, who committed her life to his career and served as a model for many of his paintings. They did not have any children.

Visiting the Hopper House Art Center

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday - 1 to 5pm, Monday - Wednesday: Closed.

Specifics on visiting the Hopper House Art Center were correct at time of publication. We would suggest that you confirm dates and times prior to your visit.
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