The Icehouse at Four Mile Point

A lumber schooner delivers sawdust insulation for a Hudson River icehouse

Late in the nineteenth century ice cut from lakes, rivers, and ponds became a year round industry. It began in Boston in 1805, when entrepreneur Frederic Tudor came up with the idea that there was a market in the tropics for ice cream. Over many decades, by trial and error, he devised various techniques for preserving natural ice. The origin of modern insulation begins with the early ice trade. Tudor’s ideas spread and by the late 1800’s both shores of the upper Hudson were dotted with hundreds of icehouses. Ice could be stored in these vast warehouses for several years. This painting depicts one such structure in the summer months of 1880, north of the Four Mile Point Lighthouse on the Hudson River.

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Print Details

Type: Giclée Edition ~ Signed & Numbered Prints

Image size: 12 x 20 inches

Price: 165.00