When Oscar Tschirky sought the site for his new home, he looked for fertile land, a spectacular view and a sense of peace.
He found all of it in New Paltz, New York. He made his home here on rolling farm land along the meandering Wallkill River, west of the Hudson, and mid-way between New York City and Albany. That was 1889.
From his farm, Oscar commuted to New York by train from New Paltz or via trolley to the banks of the Hudson to catch the steamers heading south. Oscar made the trip often as he was the much famed maitre'd, Oscar of the Waldorf Astoria. He is credited designing the Waldorf's signature dishes, Veal Oscar, Waldorf Salad, and Thousand Island Dressing.
In 1942, Oscar's property became the Culinarians' Home Foundation and was established as a retirement community. Since then the entire residence has been renovated, retaining the real and warm atmosphere of a family home. You will immediately sense that physical as well as spiritual comfort is abundant.
Today, in the walnut-paneled dining room, the leaded stained glass windows still face out upon open fields, a flowing stream, and granite cliffs. Large mature evergreens and hardwood trees lend shade and provide cover for the native and migrating birds. Terraces and gardens grace gently sloping lawns and carefully tended walks beckon you to explore.