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Historic Fite house at Opus 40 listed for sale

Sep 23, 2022 1:30 am

Paul Kirby is reporting for the Daily Freeman that the Harvey Fite house, surrounded by the Opus 40 sculpture park in Highwoods, Ulster County, has been listed for sale, with an asking price of $1.5 million. The parcel includes 1.7 acres. It was previously listed for $3.9 million in 2010 and $3.5 million in 2021.“This majestic home overlooks his magnificent six-acre earthwork sculpture and a quarry pool, cleared out and shaped for a swimming pool by Harvey Fite, with marvelous natural spring water,” according to the real estate listing. Homeowner Tad Richards said in a statement that generations have loved the house. It has been Richards’ home since 1944, when his mother, Barbara, married Harvey Fite. Richards and his wife spent 30 years as caretakers of Opus 40. Listing Agent Laurie DellaVilla-Miller said Opus 40 operates separately from the home and will remain open to visitors after a sale is made. In December, the Opus 40 sculpture park received a $300,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the repair and conservation of the park’s bluestone sculpture. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.