Frederic Church as Design Visionary

The Olana Partnership is thrilled to announce that nationally recognized interior designers Sheila Bridges and Young Huh will join esteemed journalist Mitchell Owens for a very special free virtual talk about Frederic Church’s artist-designed interiors of the Historic House at Olana State Historic Site.

Join us as Bridges and Huh reflect on Frederic Church’s interior design aesthetic, sharing thoughts on his artist-designed and carefully curated rooms. This lively talk will discuss how Church’s interior design vision is both rooted in the tradition of 19th century interiors and connected to our own contemporary trends. Owens will moderate a dialogue between interior designers to consider how thoughtful choices and intentional decisions bred Church’s unique aesthetic and contributed to the larger creation of Church’s masterwork, Olana.

“The Olana Partnership is thrilled to have two of today’s most celebrated interior designers focus their attention on Olana,” said Sean Sawyer, Washburn & Susan Oberwager President, “and honored to have such a renowned design writer as Mitchell Owens moderate the discussion.”

Sheila Bridges is a creative visionary whose works have been showcased in museums internationally. For 30 years, she has created beautiful spaces for a variety of highprofile clients, including Vice President Kamala Harris and former President Bill Clinton. She was named America’s Best Interior Designer by Time magazine and CNN, and most recently listed as one of Forbes’ 50 over 50.

Young Huh, a Detroit native founded Young Huh Interior Design in 2007. Specializing in residential and commercial interiors, her firm blends classic and modern design principles, earning her recognition on Elle Decor’s A-List and Architectural Digest’s AD100 list. Mitchell Owens is the American Editor of The World of Interiors and a Contributing Editor of Architectural Digest. He is the author of numerous books, the latest being ‘John Ike: 9 Houses / 9 Stories’ (Vendome, 2023), and is developing several stylerelated publications for Rizzoli.

This talk will be held virtually on Wednesday, March 27 at 12pm and is free and open to all. To register visit, On April 30, Sheila Bridges will also receive the 2024 Frederic Church Award at the Rainbow Room in New York City. The Olana Partnership will celebrate her groundbreaking contributions to the world of interior design. For more information visit,


Mar 27 2024


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


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