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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mansions of the Gilded Age Symposium at Lyndhurst



Mansions of the Gilded Age Symposium at Lyndhurst

Mansions of the Gilded Age
A Symposium curated by Gary Lawrance
Sunday, May 22, 2016
To be held at the historic  Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York

The Symposium will feature six esteemed speakers on topics of Gilded Age architecture, interior design, fashion, travel, and society.
Gary Lawrance, Architect, Author, and Historian: Houses of the Hamptons 1880-1930
Robert B. King, Author/Photographer and Historian: Lost Vanderbilt Homes along Fifth Avenue
Ulysses Dietz, Chief Curator of Newark Museum: Jewelry in the Gilded Age
Caroline Rennolds Milbank, Fashion Historian: Gilded Age Fashion
Walter G. Ritchie, Jr., Decorative Arts Specialist and Architectural Historian: “Furniture of the Gilded Age”

Leighton Hammond Coleman III, Spedden Family Archivist: The World of Daisy Corning Stone Spedden: Edwardian Diarist, Titanic Survivor, & Children’s Book Author

Tickets to the Symposium are $20. Tours of Lyndhurst are also available.
Following the event, for an additional $15, an exclusive Wine & Cheese reception will be held in the newly restored Lyndhurst observation tower, with its spectacular views of the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline (please note, no wheelchair access, stairs only).
For more information and tickets:
https://www.showclix.com/event/mansions_reception (Optional Wine & Cheese Reception)



Gary Lawrance
Architect, Author, and Historian
Topic: “Houses of the Hamptons 1880-1930”
Gary Lawrance is an architect from Stony Brook, New York, specializing in detailed models of fine residences and landscapes in the Hamptons and Long Island's north shore. Since completing his architectural thesis on the country house architecture of Long Island's Gold Coast in 1982 at the New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, Mr. Lawrance has lectured on the lost architecture of the Gilded Age for historical and garden societies, and preservation and arts groups and consults with preservation groups, scholars, and homeowners in researching the historical background of their properties. He has written articles on architecture and society for Architectural Digest and Quest magazine, co-authored the bestselling book "Houses of the Hamptons, 1880-1930", Acanthus Press 2007, and writes for his two blogs, Mansions of the Gilded Age and Houses of the Hamptons, in addition to founding and contributing to the very successful Mansions of the Gilded Age Facebook Group.

Robert B. King
Author/Photographer and Historian
Topic: “Lost Vanderbilt Homes along Fifth Avenue”
Robert King is an award-winning author, with extensive photography and research in documenting historic homes such as those of the Vanderbilt family, the Otto H. Kahn Estate, Ferguson’s Castle, and other mansions of Long Island’s Gold Coast and the Hudson River. He has done extensive lecturing, television, and radio work, as well as teaching college courses on the topics of: "The Great Estates of the Gilded Age" (1880-1930), the Vanderbilt family, and the embassies of Washington, D.C.

Ulysses Grant Dietz
Chief Curator of Newark Museum
Topic: “Jewelry in the Gilded Age”
Ulysses Grant Dietz, Great-great-grandson of Ulysses S. Grant, has been the curator of Decorative Arts at the Newark Museum since 1980, and chief curator since 2012. He received his BA from Yale University in 1977, and his MA in Early American Culture from the University of Delaware’s Winterthur Program in 1980. Mr. Dietz restored the Newark Museum’s 1885 Ballantine House, which became the centerpiece of the decorative arts department in 1994. Mr. Dietz has published numerous articles on decorative arts, as well as books on the Museum’s studio and art pottery, and its 19th-century furniture collection.

Caroline Rennolds Milbank
Fashion Historian
Topic: “Gilded Age Fashion”
Caroline Rennolds Milbank’s work in fashion history has included stints as an auction house expert (Sotheby’s and DoyleNewYork), appraiser, and consulting curator. She contributed essays to the catalogues of and curated the costume components of the exhibitions: Art and the Empire City: New York 1825 – 1861, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000 and Noble Dreams, Wicked Pleasures: American Orientalism, 1870 – 1930, the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 2000. She was co-curator of the exhibitions Elegance, Glamour and Style: Fashion and Its Photography, The Bruce Museum, Greenwich, 1998; and The Couture Accessory at the MFIT in 2004, the latter based on her book of the same title; and also selected the Worth evening gowns included in the exhibition John Singer Sargent: portraits of the Wertheimer Family, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2000.

Walter G. Ritchie, Jr.
Topic: “Furniture of the Gilded Age”
Walter G. Ritchie, Jr. is a decorative arts consultant and independent scholar specializing in nineteenth-century American furniture and interior decoration. He writes, lectures, and teaches courses on a variety of decorative arts subjects in addition to organizing decorative arts exhibitions for museums; researching and developing furnishings plans for the restoration of period rooms in house museums; and cataloging furniture and decorative arts for auction houses. Mr. Ritchie has taught courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels on subjects including American and European decorative arts and the restoration of historic interiors, as well as offered courses as part of certificate programs in appraisal studies. He has lectured at a number of museums including the Smithsonian Institution; written a weekly antiques column; and contributed articles to a variety of arts and antiques magazines.
 
 Leighton Hammond Coleman III
Spedden Family Archivist
Topic: “The World of Daisy Corning Stone Spedden: Edwardian Diarist, Titanic Survivor, & Children’s Book Author”
Leighton Hammond Coleman III presents a glimpse of the Gilded Age & The Titanic through the lives of the Corning, Stone, Spedden family members via the prism of his best-selling children's book "Polar The Titanic Bear”, the award winning true story of a Steiff toy bear that survived the Titanic, originally penned in 1913 by Daisy Corning Stone Spedden, his Great Grand Aunt. Graduate of several prestigious institutions, including NYC’s Parsons School of Design, Leighton is currently the appointed Historian for The Village of Head of The Harbor, NY, where he works as a niche interior designer with projects all over Long Island and New York City.
Websites:

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Newport Mansion of the Drexel Family Burns to Ground

This afternoon one of Bellevue Avenue's grand old mansions burned to the ground. The house was recently known as Stonar Lodge and was the summer home of  the Drexel family. Here is a photo of the house before it burned and a link to the site HERE . Also for more photos and video click HERE for breaking coverage. More links are on my facebook group, Mansions of the Gilded Age. A sad loss to the architectural heritage of Newport.

Stonor Lodge, Newport, Rhode Island before the fire.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

New York 1880 - 2000

Here is a wonderful series of books that everyone who loves New York City architecture should have.
This series of five books covers the architecture of New York City from 1880 - 2000. I of course love and often use the earlier versions for research, but I also enjoy the later years. While they may be a bit expensive, they are certainly worth the cost. I also think most libraries have them and you can check them out there too.


Buy at Amazon
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