"I dream't I dwelt in marble halls"
Devoted to the histories and current state of the great mansions of America's Gilded Age.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Dynamics of Community Change, The case of Long Island's declining Gold Coast

Dynamics of Community Change, The case of Long Island's declining Gold Coast. This book which is from 1968, shows that the problem of losing the great houses of the Gilded Age is not a new one. The book has photos also of existing houses and also ruin views of the demolished King Zog estate. This book really gets into why these estates and mansions were destroyed. A very good read for anyone wanting to know more about the basic facts as to why it is so difficult to preserve them. A bit pricey on Amazon to buy, but maybe your local library has it, but a must read/have book. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006BTQ3K?ie=UTF8&camp=213733&creative=393177&creativeASIN=B0006BTQ3K&linkCode=shr&tag=mansion00-20&linkId=24GW3LF3RDEAVMIU


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Book Recommendations: Society in the Gilded Age

The Rise of the Nouveaux Riches by J. Mordaunt Crook



This is a book that I enjoyed very much. It shows that the ostentatious display of the newly created wealth of the Gilded Age was not only an American phenomenon, but just as prevalent in Europe. The book is thoroughly researched, extensive footnotes, bibliography and over 80 pages  of sumptuous photos depicting the mansions, interiors and gardens of this now lost era.

For reviews and more information, click the following links.

Publisher's Weekly


New York Times

Buy it HERE on Amazon

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Book Recommendations: Gilded Age Millionaire Biographies: The Astor Family

The Astor Family in Books


The Astors: 1763-1992: Landscape with Millionaires

  The Astors: A Family Chronicle of Pomp and Power


Nancy: The Story of Lady Astor


 The Astor Orphan


When the Astors Owned New York: Blue Bloods and Grand Hotels in a Gilded Age


  The Last Mrs. Astor: A New York Story


  A Season of Splendor: The Court of Mrs. Astor in Gilded Age New York


Mrs. Astor Regrets: The Hidden Betrayals of a Family Beyond Reproach


Book Recommendations: The Vanderbilts

Here are three books which give a good introduction to the Vanderbilt family and their homes.

http://www.amazon.com/Vanderbilt-Homes-Robert-B-King/dp/0847810275/ref=sr_1_17?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1404240018&sr=1-17&keywords=vanderbilts    http://www.amazon.com/Fortunes-Children-Fall-House-Vanderbilt/dp/0062224069/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1404240078&sr=1-1&keywords=vanderbilts    http://www.amazon.com/Vanderbilt-Homes-Robert-B-King/dp/0847810275/ref=sr_1_17?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1404240224&sr=1-17&keywords=vanderbilts

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Southampton Historical Museum's Annual House Tour

This Saturday, May 31st, the Southampton Historical Museum is having it's annual house tour. From quaint cottages from the Gilded Age to oceanfront villas of today's Gilded Age, this tour gives an insider's view into these unique and beautifully decorated homes. Please follow the link for more information.http://www.southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org/special_events/purchase-your-tickts-for-insiders-view-of-southampton-homes
One of the Spectacular Homes on the Tour.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Rizzoli Bookstore is Closing in todays New York Times

Well the end is here for the Rizzoli Bookstore! The building will be demolished, but hopefully Rizzoli will find a new location. For all of those in the New York City area, they are having a closing sale, ending April 11 with up to 40% off. Even if you are not planning on buying any books, you should go see this great building and space. This is one of the truly last great bookstore spaces in New York City. Please click this link to read about it in today's New York Times. The book, " Houses of the Hamptons 1880-1930, by Gary Lawrance & Anne Surchin is also available for 40% off. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/03/garden/deals-at-rizzoli-modani-pollack-and-treillage.html?_r=0

Houses of the Hamptons 1880-1930 is available for 40% off until April 11 at the closing sale of  the Rizzoli bookstore.

 To add your comments or to read how others feel about this great loss of New York City's most beautiful bookstore, please visit the facebook group, Mansions of the Gilded Age. If you are not already a member, please ask to join over 7000 others sharing their interests in the Gilded Age Era and it's architecture.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Newport Mansion Destroyed

A devastating fire destroyed the enormous Newport cottage of Cornelius Vanderbilt II called the Breakers. The house was a total loss. Please click HERE to read about the raging inferno that took one of the showplaces of Newport.

Don't worry it happened over 122 years ago.


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Mansions of the Gilded Age reaches 6000 members on facebook

Facebook has been making little movies for it's members. Please take a look at mine and see what we have been doing on Mansions of the Gilded Age at Facebook. Today we will reach over 6000 members and it keeps growing. If you love the history, beauty and social history of the great homes and estate from the Gilded Age, please join my group, Mansions of the Gilded Age.

Click HERE for the short movie.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Save the Rizzoli Bookstore from demoliton

Save the Rizzoli Bookstore Building from Demolition
Demolition alert! Rizzoli one of the few remaining great book stores in New York City is about to loose it's building. Please visit SAVERIZZOLI.ORG and sign the petition to help make this building a landmark. The Rizzoli building is like a mansion of books. Please share this with all your friends, and any other groups that you feel might be appropriate. https://saverizzoli.wordpress.com/

Friday, January 17, 2014

Inisfada is almost all gone.

Inisfada is Demolished, The Village of North Hills, New York

The great mansion Inisfada, located in the Village of North Hills,New York is being demolished. This is an almost final picture of what remains. What you see is about 1/10 of what this magnificent mansion once was. I will add some more photos later, but if you want to see more and read comments of others, at this great atrocity about the  destruction of  the 4th largest Gilded Age mansion in America, please visit my group on Facebook, called, "Mansions of the Gilded Age". If you do not have an account on Facebook is easy to make one, and it does not require that you to have to constantly post your comings and goings or life events. You can join and simply read about it. Here is the link to my group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/195023140518735/

Click HERE to see Inisfada and the beautiful interiors it had when it was furnished.

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