- Harvey Fite's sculpture The Bather next to Fite House.
Harvey and Barbara Fite’s private home, the house has also been the home of their descendants for over 30 years. Opus 40 and Bard College, where Harvey Fite studied and taught, have united in an effort to acquire the house in a way that continues the Fites’ vision of an integrated Opus 40. Their aim is to prevent Fite House from going into private hands, likely for commercial purposes, and separating Harvey Fite’s masterpiece sculpture from his home. With Fite’s descendants desiring to sell the house, the transaction needs to take place by the end of the year.
- Fite House, as seen from the adjacent Opus 40 sculpture.
“We all know the Fite House belongs with Opus 40,” says Jonathan Richards, Harvey Fite’s stepson. “It is an integral part of the living, planning, and working environment that went into the creation of Harvey’s masterpiece. Harvey designed and built his house to be a vantage point to observe and plan his work on the quarry, he configured it to be a part of the artistic whole, and he and Barbara spent many evenings sitting at the upstairs picture window contemplating and discussing the growth of the sculpture as it evolved.”
- Harvey Fite carving a sculpture in his Fite House studio.
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