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
Monday, July 7, 2014
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
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.
Buy it HERE on Amazon
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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
Thursday, May 29, 2014
|One of the Spectacular Homes on the Tour.|
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
|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
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.
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Click HERE for the short movie.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
|Save the Rizzoli Bookstore Building from Demolition|
Friday, January 17, 2014
|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.