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

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Book of the Day, Great Houses of America

Great Houses of America by Henry Lionel Williams & Ottalie K. Williams

Mansions of the Gilded Age, "Book of the Day". Today I am going to start a book of the day posting. Each day I will post one book that I either have read or would like to read. I will post primarily about books that relate to, Mansions of the Gilded Age in America, but will also post about books that are related, such as mansions from other countries that may have served as inspiration for the Gilded Age millionaires, when building their own versions in America. I will include books about the families of the period, biographies, social history and occasionally films and documentaries. I also have a very active Facebook group called, "Mansions of the Gilded Age" and will be posting there as well. On Facebook I also have a page called, "Mansions of the Gilded Age Bookstore", If you want to see a larger selection all in one place please visit and LIKE it. Today my first book is, "Great Houses of America" by Henry Lionel Williams and Ottalie K. Williams. This is one of the first books I received as a gift that started my interest in Mansions of the Gilded Age. It was displayed on a gilded brass book stand in my room! It was often open to the chapter on Lyndhurst, I think the first Gilded Age mansion that I ever visited as a child and still my favorite. Buy it HERE at Amazon.


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

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

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0719560403?ie=UTF8&camp=213733&creative=393177&creativeASIN=0719560403&linkCode=shr&tag=mansion00-20&linkId=TN7T2SIBBPJSKM7H

 

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

Kirkus

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
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0312097441/ref=as_li_ss_sm_fb_us_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=213733&creative=399837&creativeASIN=0312097441&linkCode=shr&tag=mansion00-20&linkId=T4MVGCP5NXRAE7MQ

  The Astors: A Family Chronicle of Pomp and Power

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0595095674/ref=as_li_ss_sm_fb_us_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=213733&creative=399837&creativeASIN=0595095674&linkCode=shr&tag=mansion00-20&linkId=722W4XRPHWZBULCK&refRID=066Q9MQFP2MESHVRN9KJ

Nancy: The Story of Lady Astor

  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1250042674/ref=as_li_ss_sm_fb_us_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=213733&creative=399837&creativeASIN=1250042674&linkCode=shr&tag=mansion00-20&linkId=MOE6ASVWR7F4HVTD&qid=1404270977&sr=8-1&keywords=nancy+astor 

 The Astor Orphan

  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0062207954/ref=as_li_ss_sm_fb_us_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=213733&creative=399837&creativeASIN=0062207954&linkCode=shr&tag=mansion00-20&linkId=CMXRZ77O3YKRB4LS&qid=1404272117&sr=8-1&keywords=the+astor+orphan

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

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0452288584?ie=UTF8&camp=213733&creative=393185&creativeASIN=0452288584&linkCode=shr&tag=mansion00-20&linkId=AFZKCCFZ5XROCKSA&qid=1404271403&sr=8-1&keywords=the+astors+owned

  The Last Mrs. Astor: A New York Story

 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0393331601/ref=as_li_ss_sm_fb_us_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=213733&creative=399837&creativeASIN=0393331601&linkCode=shr&tag=mansion00-20&linkId=CAFWKKLDRNU37TQP&=books&qid=1404264921&sr=1-1&keywords=brooke+astor

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

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0470185694/ref=as_li_ss_sm_fb_us_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=213733&creative=399837&creativeASIN=0470185694&linkCode=shr&tag=mansion00-20&linkId=ONFVGHONEHTYQYXE&qid=1404270679&sr=8-1&keywords=a+season+of+splendor

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

  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003TO6GFW/ref=as_li_ss_sm_fb_us_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=213733&creative=399837&creativeASIN=B003TO6GFW&linkCode=shr&tag=mansion00-20&linkId=JQC7HYLHYDYRC7KF

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.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/195023140518735/


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.

APRIL FOOL

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/
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