AFrontViewSpring356The Elliot-Buckley house was listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places in 2011. The house is the centerpiece of what was once a large Hudson River estate known as “Riverview,” erected outside of Marlboro in 1843 as the residence of Daniel Elliot, a successful businessman who took an avid interest in the cultural developments of his era. It remains a significant early expression of Picturesque architectural design in the mid-Hudson Valley region, with subsequent modifications and early twentieth-century improvements in the Colonial Revival taste. This frame dwelling was built to plans developed by Elliot, a Dartmouth College graduate who shared social associations with leading American cultural figures of the time, in advance of his removal to Ulster County from New York City. The rudiments of the house’s design appear to have been derived by Elliot from Andrew Jackson Downing’s influential 1842 publication an important and early source that espoused Picturesque architectural and landscaping philosophies. Elliot’s design exhibited features akin to a cottage villa illustrated by Downing as representative of what he termed the mode.

Following two decades of ownership by Daniel Elliot and his wife, the house and associated were acquired by the locally prominent Buckley family, who maintained the property into the first quarter of the twentieth century. John Buckley, like Daniel Elliot a native of New Hampshire, came to the Marlboro area in 1815 and established himself there as one of the preeminent manufacturers in the antebellum period. His son Thomas T. Buckley and daughter-in-law Amelia T. Buckley were associated with the property from the mid-1860s until the property was sold in 1920.

The Elliot-Buckley house is an important and somewhat restrained early example of the building of large mansions and manor houses up and down the Hudson River reflecting the success of their owners, members of the burgeoning prosperous manufacturing and merchant class in the Hudson Valley. Many of the homes built by these early entrepreneurs are still to be found gracing the shores of the Hudson River from New York City to Albany.