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by cutsocks Posted 21st Feb 2014 at 8:01 AM - Updated 28th Feb 2014 at 7:49 PM by cutsocks : Moved LN into the vital EP group. That darn wallpaper...
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Victorian eclecticism at its finest!

This is my recreation of Olana, the 1872 mansion of landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church. Sitting atop a hill overlooking the Hudson River Valley in upstate New York, this large and ornate home is a mixture of Persian, Victorian, and Moorish styles. The core of the home is built around a great hall, meant to mimic the open-air courtyards of Near East. While furnished exotically, the mansion retains a classic layout, forming an stately enfilade from the entry to the artist's studio at the back. There are five bedrooms for family and guests and three additional bedrooms for staff.

For more than a year, I had been trying to recreate Olana. While I had envisioned having all the split levels and stairs, I was thwarted (as always) by the five floor limitation. Thus the floor plan is somewhat simplified, though still touching upon all the major rooms and features. Restricting myself to only EPs and SPs, some rooms are more faithful in my recreation of the decoration, while others I had to employ a bit of artistic license. The landscaping is rather simple, suggesting the home's rural surrounding.

Furnished price: 518,747
Unfurnished: 253,671

Lot size: 60x60

Version: 1.67

EPs used:

Vital architecture and decor:
World Adventures, Ambitions, Late Night, Pets, Showtime, Supernatural, University, Island Paradise.

Furnishing and decor:
Generations, Seasons.

SPs used:

Furnishing and decor only:
Fast Lane, Outdoor Living, Town Life, Master Suite, Movie Stuff.

However, in some of the pictures you can see the skylight from Roaring Heights. I did not include it with the lot, but if you own that world, I highly recommend you place it, as the actual home does have a skylight there.

Of note:
The side door off the room with the Mah Jong table is inaccessible due to the awnings. I didn't think this was much of a problem, as there are six other doors leading outside (or in).

This lot is very detailed and might not run smoothly on lower end computers.

I used Buckley's fix for Ambitions wallpaper, and I highly recommend it.

I also used armiel's brass bed fix, Menaceman44's Generations armoire fix, and HugeLunatic's Pets painting unlock. Those unlocks and fixes are not required, but recommended as well.

Additional information about Olana can be found at the Library of Congress and

Special thanks to armiel, Buckley, Menaceman44, and Huge Lunatic for the fixes and unlocks. Love that stuff so much!

Lot Size: 60x60
Lot Price: 518,747

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Expansion/Stuff packs required:
Sims 3 World Adventures Ambitions Late Night Generations Pets Showtime Supernatural Seasons University Life Island Paradise + 5 SPs

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Number of bedrooms: 5 or more
Custom Content Included: None
Furnishings: Fully Furnished
Special Flags: Not Applicable

Tags: #recreation, #persian, #moorish, #victorian, #mansion, #ornate, #eclectic