Our History

Our Present

Field Hall Foundation is a private foundation whose primary mission is to improve the lives of older adults and their caregivers. It does this by supporting programs and projects that directly impact low-income and vulnerable older adults and their caregivers in Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester Counties, NY.

Our Past

The Field Hall Foundation was incorporated in 1986 to assist Field Home – Holy Comforter, a not-for-profit nursing home, and Catharine Field Home, a home for older women, in providing high-quality caring services to its residents and patients. Although the Foundation began in 1986, its history actually dates back to 1879, with the pioneering work of two individuals, Sister Louise Gardner Hall and Cortlandt de Peyster Field.

In 1879, Sister Louise, an Episcopal nun from Fishkill, NY, established “The House of the Holy Comforter, Free Church Home for Incurables,” the only free nursing home in New York City at the time.

In 1887 Cortlandt de Peyster Field founded Catharine Field Home in memory of his mother in Cortlandt Manor, NY, to care for elderly women. Field Hall Foundation is located in this building, which is now known as the Field Hall Building.

One hundred years later, in 1986, The House of the Holy Comforter merged with Catharine Field Home, and moved onto the Cortlandt Manor campus, becoming Field Home – Holy Comforter. Over the years, an assisted living and memory support residence, an intergenerational child care and preschool program and a social adult day care program were added on to the Fieldhome campus.

In 2018, Fieldhome was sold, with the assets placed in our not-for-profit Foundation. The Foundation’s goal is to continue the founders’ mission by supporting programs and projects that improve the lives of older adults and their caregivers.

The Field Hall Foundation logo is inspired by the Field Hall Building’s cupola.

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