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

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Guess which mansion was here?

The site of one of the great mansions of the Gilded Age.
To find out and read about the evolution and destruction of this magnificent mansion join my group, Mansions of the Gilded Age on Facebook. You can also friend, Gilded Age Mansions on Facebook. I will be posting a more expanded story about this house shortly here.

7 comments:

ChipSF said...

c. vanderbilt ii

M NYC said...

Never saw this photo of the empty lot. Definitely would have loved to see the magnificent Cornelius Vanderbilt home survive as a museum. Hope you have interior photos to post.

Mansions of the Gilded Age, Gary Lawrance, AIA said...

If you are on Facebook, please join my group there, Mansions of the Gilded Age. I have also just posted a picture of the brochure to when the Vanderbilt house was open to the public before demolition. Also please friend, Gilded Age Mansions on Facebook for more posts daily.

Mansions of the Gilded Age, Gary Lawrance, AIA said...

Yes, it is the Vanderbilt house where Bergdorf Goodman is today.

Mansions of the Gilded Age, Gary Lawrance, AIA said...

Yes, MNYC please come back to view more pictures. I will be doing much more on the great house!

ChipSF said...

What was the mansard-roofed house at the far right of the picture?

Mansions of the Gilded Age, Gary Lawrance, AIA said...

That has always been a great misconception. In all the photos of the intact Vanderbilt house, it looks so much bigger. Not that it wasn't big, but with that house next to it it seemed bigger. I will post a more complete story about it, but in a nutshell, it was built by the architect George Post for another family about the same time that the first phase of the Vanderbilt house was built around the corner on 57th & 5th Avenue. When Mr. Vanderbilt, bought the rest of the block and added to the smaller house it continued along next to this older house. I'm sure they must have thought it would give an even greater effect for your average tourist at the time. I have some more pictures here on this blog and also in my Facebook group, Mansions of the Gilded Age. Also friend Gilded Age Mansions on Facebook for more daily posts.

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