Monday, June 14, 2010
"Ballrooms of the Gilded Age"
The Ballroom of the William C. Whitney mansion as renovated by Stanford White around 1900. The house was located at Fifth Avenue & 68th Street and was the primary home of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and remained in the family until her death in the 1942. The house was torn down shortly after.
This was the home that " Little Gloria" had to spend her time with her Aunt after the famous custody case against her mother, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt.
"The Mrs. Astor's" famous ballroom, where you were nobody in New York Society if you were not invited to attend one of her fabulous balls. The story goes that young ladies of society would wait all evening for an invitation to sit next to Mrs. Astor on her divan and if no invitation was extended, the evening was ruined and tears would be shed. This is the ballroom which reputably held only 400 of the very best people in Society. Located in her Richard Morris Hunt Chateau at 65th Street and Fifth Avenue. When the house was torn down in 1926, to be replaced by the Temple Emanuel, one of the World's largest synagogues, John Ringling of the famous " Ringling Brother's Circus" bought many of the furnishings for his new estate he was building in Sarasorta, Florida called, "Ca d' Zan" , where they still reside today.
Click HERE to see the Grand Staircase of the Astor Mansion.
Click HERE to see the exterior and floor plans of the Astor Mansion.