Opus 40

​​In 1938, Harvey Fite  purchased an abandoned quarry in the town of Saugerties, NY, in Ulster County, about 100 miles north of New York City.  During a period of 37 y​​​ears, he created the monumental world-acclaimed 6½-acre bluestone sculpture now known as Opus 40. Over time he acquired additional land (70+ acres today) and built several structures, including a beautiful large wood and stone home, a studio, garage, blacksmith shop and the Quarryman’s Museum, which houses his unique collection of indigenous tools.  Constructed by this one man, using dry-key stone masonry techniques inspired by his work in restoring the Mayan civilization at Copan, refined by experiment, trial and error, Opus 40 is a labyrinthine world of finely fitted stone, swirling with ramps and terraces constructed around pools and trees and fountains, rising out of bedrock a half mile deep. Opus 40 is an awe-inspiring total artistic environment.​​