The Financial Times commissioned me to shoot an At Home feature of Welch’s Grape Juice heiress Joan Davidson at her 85-acre Catskill Mountains estate on the Hudson River in Upstate New York, named Midwood.
Joan Davidson’s home in upstate New York: Midwood, the Manhattan philanthropist’s 85-acre estate
Born into a wealthy family, Joan Davidson has spent much of her life in philanthropy and public service. Now aged 86, she remains active and sits on the boards of various US institutions. As a result, her home in Germantown, New York, plays host to a year-round schedule of weekend events. Built as a summer retreat in 1888, Midwood retains many of its original features. Davidson describes the decor as a “complete mishmash”, but insists that “it’s a tribute to the house – it all fits”, as can be seen in these images….
The painterly vista of the Hudson river and Catskill Mountains framed by Joan Davidson’s porch in Germantown, New York, would not be out of place 100 miles south in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among the works of Frederic Edwin Church. In fact, the Hudson River School’s best-known artist made his home – and some of his most famous landscapes – just a few miles up the road at Olana, now a historic site.