1 Church bought the property in 1860, then later purchased additional acreage in 1867. Photo: Melanie Hasbrook
2 The additional 18 acres included a hilltop with amazing views of the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains. This view from the house is reminiscent of his landscapes paintings. Photo: Melanie Hasbrook
3 Church had his work featured in annual exhibitions alongside of artists like Thomas Cole and Asher Brown Durand. They founded the art movement known as the Hudson River School. Photo: Linda McLean
4 Church commissioned architect Richard Morris Hunt to build a small house, which he dubbed 'Cosy Cottage'. He and his wife, Isabel, lived there with their two children, who tragically died of diphtheria. Photo: Melanie Hasbrook
5 A view of the orchard from Cosy Cottage. Photo: Melanie Hasbrook
6 They had four more children and in 1870, Church began construction on the mansion that stands today.
7 The architectural style was inspired by the family's travels to Europe and the Middle East.
8 Much of the design elements are persian inspired, as seen here in a summer view from the Bell Tower.
9 At the front entrance, there is an Arabic message, which translates to 'Welcome.' Photo: Melanie Hasbrook
10 The window in the Court Hall stairway features cut paper sandwiched between amber glass and clear glass to create the look of a screen. Photo: Andy Wainwright
11 Church filled the home with objects from cultures and civilizations from all over the world. Photo: Andy Wainwright
12 Bust on pedestal. Photo: Andy Wainwright.
13 A beautiful tapestry hanging in the hall – Tapestries tell stories and document history, much like paintings. Photo: Andy Wainwright
14 The dining room also acts as a gallery, where Church's personal collection of Old Master paintings is displayed. Photo: Andy Wainwright
15 On display is the family's summer place setting. Photo: Andy Wainwright
16 This room was Isabel Church's sitting room, a place to entertain guests. Photo: Andy Wainwright
17 The sitting room also features this beautiful fireplace. Photo: Andy Wainwright
18 Some of the paintings in Mrs. Church's sitting room Photo: Andy Wainwright
19 The Church's Master bedroom – Church also designed some of the furniture in the home. Photo: Melanie Hasbrook
20 Church painted the interior and many of the details, like the stenciling on the doors to the library corridor. Photo: Andy Wainwright
21 On this side table lies Church's original paint box and crock of brushes. Photo: Andy Wainwright
22 This building is now known as the Wagon House Education Center. Classes, workshops, lectures, special events, children's summer programs, performances, and exhibitions all take place in this amazing state-of-the-art space.
23 Another building on the property has been repurposed a museum shop for the historical site.
24 At the gala event, guests will have an opportunity to bid on a private, behind-the-scenes tour of the newly renovated American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with Chairman Morrison Heckscher.
25 This is Morrison Hecksher, Lawrence A. Fleischman Chairman of the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, who is also being honored at the event.
26 This beautiful Niagra Falls painting, by the famed Hudson River School-inspired artist Stephen Hannock, will also be auctioned off to raise funds for the Olana Partnership.
27 Also up for bid - a two-week stay at Wakatipu House on New Zealand's South Island!
28 The gala will be held at The Celeste Bartos Forum in the New York Public Library.