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

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/

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.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Floor plan to Inisfada, the former Brady mansion at North Hills, New York


Please forgive this crude sketch of the first floor of the Inisfada mansion. I am working on a better one of this and the second floor. Please come back and visit again.

Click HERE for more photos and links about Inisfada. 

For those who have Facebook accounts, please ask to join the group, Mansions of the Gilded Age for more stories about Inisfada and to make comments, ask questions or just mourn this great loss with others who made web sites and tried to make the world and the local community aware of this treasure that should have been saved. Mansions of the Gilded Age has over 5000 members worldwide, which shows how many people love these rapidly disappearing architectural masterpieces.

Demolition photos of the Inisfada mansion at North Hills, New York.

Here are some photos of the former Nicholas and Genevieve Brady mansion, called Inisfada now under demolition at North Hills, Long Island, New York.
Demoliton of Inisfada, the Brady Mansion at North Hills, New York.

Demoliton of Inisfada, the Brady Mansion at North Hills, New York.

Demoliton of Inisfada, the Brady Mansion at North Hills, New York.

Demoliton of Inisfada, the Brady Mansion at North Hills, New York.
To see many more photos of this once magnificent mansion in it's heyday and engage with others over the demise of this important piece of architecture and historic home, please ask to join my Facebook group, Mansions of the Gilded Age. Now with over 5000 members and growing.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Demolition of Inisfada, One of the Greatest Mansions in America. The former home of Nicholas and Genevieve Brady at Manhasset, New York. Please read the post for links, photos and floor plans.

It is with great sadness that Inisfada is in the process of demolition as of today. I never thought it would come to this. I received notification almost two years ago about the closing of the building and many, many groups, historic organizations and articles in the print and online media brought attention to it's endangerment. I was fortunate enough to have seen the house a few times in past years and once had a basement to attic tour. I have been in many mansions over the years and while all are different and beautiful in their own way, Inisfada was truly unique and a national treasure, worthy of the status of Biltmore, Hearst Castle and many of the Newport houses. When I attended school at the New York Institute of Technology in the 1970s, I would often drive all over the Gold Coast and search for the mansions that still existed. Today so many of those that were left even at that late date, are now gone. Fortunately Inisfada was a well documented house that appeared in books and magazines and I have many photos of the house in it's heyday. I know I have seen a plan someplace, but I have drawn a very crude sketch tonight from my memories there of the first floor. In time or if others had been there, please feel free to add to it or comment. I will continue to search for one and will try to mark up exterior views to identify the many rooms. It really is a shame that such a house could not have been saved for the public to enjoy or have been preserved for future generations. Ada Louise Huxtable said of the demolition of Penn Station which also applies here, "We will probably be judged not by the monuments we build but by those we have destroyed".

Inisfada from the Entrance Drive.

The Long Hall at Inisfada.

Sketch of the First Floor plan of Inisfada.


Click HERE for more photos and links about Inisfada. 

For those who have Facebook accounts, please ask to join the group, Mansions of the Gilded Age for more stories about Inisfada and to make comments, ask questions or just mourn this great loss with others who made web sites and tried to make the world and the local community aware of this treasure that should have been saved. Mansions of the Gilded Age has over 4800 members worldwide, which shows how many people love these rapidly disappearing architectural masterpieces.

Friday, November 22, 2013

"Gilded New York" in today's New York Times

The Fifth Avenue mansion of THE MRS. ASTOR.
A marvelous exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, "Gilded New York", is profiled in today's edition of the New York Times. I attended the opening last week that showcased a select group of objects from the period including portraits, jewelry and clothing, etc. It was wonderful to see the dress that Alice Vanderbilt wore to Alva Vanderbilt's famous party, where Alice went as the newly invented electric light. If you are in New York in the next few months, don't miss it, but if you can't and even if you do attend, buy the book, "Gilded New York" that goes with the exhibit. http://www.mcny.org/content/gilded-new-york

If you like the Gilded Age era and the sumptuous homes and lifestyle that was lived in them, please ask to join my group on Facebook, Gilded Age, Mansions of the Gilded Age

Mansions of the Gilded Age has over 4600 members and growing. You can participate, by adding photos, links or comments, or just enjoy it and read the postings of the members. It is also a wonderful venue to ask questions about historic mansions, estates or social life of the Gilded Age.

Click HERE to read what Architectural Digest said about my group, Mansions of the Gilded Age.

Also please visit the GILDED MANSIONS store on eBay for vintage postcards and a great selection of books about mansions and social history of the era.  


Click HERE to read the article,'Gilded New York' and 'Beauty's Legacy' 

Recommended Books about "Gilded New York".


Gilded New York

Houses of the Hamptons 1880-1930 Revised Edition by Gary Lawrance & Anne Surchin. Autographed copy available on eBay.

Please go to Acanthus Press for a preview.

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