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

Friday, October 29, 2021

The Spratt Mansion

LINK Here is a great LINK to the history of the mansion that later became known as, "The Old House", from the 1960's Gothic Soap Opera, "Dark Shadows". http://beingbutmen.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-old-house-residence-of-vampire.html

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Gilded Age Mansion Postcard of the Day

The Marion Davis Beach House, Santa Monica, Califonia

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Gentlemen at the Club

Gentlemen at the club
A wonderful old illustration of well-dressed gentleman enjoying the privileges of their private club.
I post many vintage images and stories about the lives of the Gilded Age rich on my other Instagram account, "The Gilded Age Society". Please follow me there too.

Knollwood, Muttontown, Long Island

The entrance gates to Knollwood, Muttontown, Long Island New York. The mansion is long gone, but the gates have been recently restored and now lead to a nature preserve open to the public. If you have a Facebook account, please also visit and like my PAGE, "Long Island's Gold Coast", where I post many more stories and images of the great estates and mansions, many now gone that once made the north shore of Long Island be called, "The Gold Coast".

The Gates to Knollwood

Tuxedo Park

To go with my recent posts about Tuxedo Park, New York on my Instagram Account, "Mansions of the Gilded Age".  This is a novel which I read a few years ago and I am sure many will enjoy it too. https://amzn.to/2uEKzGK

Find out more about this book at Amazon Books.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Sunday, January 26, 2020

The Architecture of Grosvenor Attebury

The Architecture of Grosvenor Attebury, by Peter Pennoyer & Anne Walker. This excellent book covers the work of this once prolific Gilded Age architect. The book is illustrated with plans, elevations, and archival photos that document many of Attebury's commercial, public, civic, apartments, and mansions. Attebury's style was not like other architects of the era. Most of his works were less pretentious and livable, built for their uses and not to impress with layers of gilding and marble, but just as beautiful and often blended into their environments well. This book can be purchased HERE at Amazon Books, other online booksellers, used bookstore or obtained from your local library.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Mallow, The Walter Farwell Estate, Oyster Bay Cove, New York

"Mallow", The Walter Farwell estate was built circa 1918 and designed by architect, William Welles Bosworth. The estate is located at Oyster Bay Cove, Long Island, New York. The mansion still exists on reduced acreage and now owned by the East Woods School. Follow my Pinterest Board, Long Island Gold Coast Estates HERE.

Front Entrance, Mallow, Farwell

Rear Facade, Mallow, Farwell

 Reception Room, Mallow, Farwell

For more information and photos.
Old Long Island

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Four Fountains, Southampton, New York Demolished

Four Fountains, Southampton, New York.

Four Fountains, Southampton, New York.
Four Fountains, Southampton, New York.
Four Fountains, Southampton, New York.
Four Fountains, Southampton, New York.
Four Fountains, Southampton, New York.
Four Fountains, Southampton, New York.
Four Fountains, Southampton, New York.
Four Fountains, Southampton, New York.

Four Fountains, One of the last jewels of Southampton, New York was recently demolished. Originally built in 1928, by architects, Peabody, Wilson & Brown as a playhouse for the Lucien Tyng family who had their main residence across the road. The playhouse was later converted into a residence by Eleanor Brown, the founder of the McMillen Interior Design firm. In 1978 the house was bought by CBS Chairman, William Paley. Paley displayed his famous collection of art there. Often mentioned as also being the home of his socially prominent wife, Babe Paley, she never lived in this house. After her death, William Paley bought Four Fountains, since he found it hard to live without his wife at their Manhasset estate, Kaluna Farm. Owned now for years after William Paley died by the same owners, they recently sold the estate and the new owners, while wanting to retain the history of the property, decided to demolish the main part of the house to build a larger house. The entrance gates with bronze falcons mounted on the gate piers and the two flanking wings will be saved. The main entrance facade, now gone, is supposed to be rebuilt with the new structure behind. The images in this post show the building as it was when a Studio/ Playhouse for the Tyng family. Read today’s Southampton Press article by Anne Surchin, with who I wrote the book, “Houses of the Hamptons 1880-1930”, which has Four Fountains as one the 35 chapters. https://www.27east.com/home-garden/four-fountains-a-bittersweet-end-with-a-new-beginning-1666688/  Purchase, "Houses of the Hamptons 1880-1930" HERE on Amazon.
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