Gilded Mansions: Grand Architecture and High Society
The Gilded Age (1865–1918) saw the sudden rise of America's first High Society, including such prominent families as the Astors, Whitneys, and Vanderbilts. As an aristocracy based on fortunes recently acquired, these families endeavored to live like Europe's blue-blooded nobility, shedding Puritan restraint as they joyously flaunted their new wealth—especially where their homes were concerned.
They erected French chateaus and Italian palazzos on New York's Fifth Avenue, at Newport, and elsewhere, often taking inspiration from Parisian styles of the Second Empire. They rejected more modest American styles just as they rejected middle-class society, and for interior decoration they turned to such artisans as Tiffany, Herter Brothers, and Allard's of Paris.
Immensely readable and illuminated with 250 stunning color and black-and-white illustrations, this is the fascinating story of America's first millionaire society, the way they lived and partied, and the lush artistic and cultural legacy they established.
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An Introduction to the Gilded Age
The Empire of the Parvenu
The Early MansionsPart One
The Early MansionsPart Two
The William Henry Vanderbilt Mansion
A Petit Chateau on Fifth Avenue
Chapter6 The Cornelius Vanderbilt II Mansion
Vernacular versus Grandeur
The Villard Houses
Collector Dealer and Interior Decorator
The William C Whitney Houses
Rosecliff Crossways and The Elms
The Progeny of the Petit Chateau and the Villard Houses
Facades in the Modern French Manner