Friday, October 3, 2014
Haunted Mansions of the Gilded Age & More #3 Wyndcliffe & Ghostly Ruins by Harry Skrdla
There is always something about ruined mansions and other buildings that seem to call to the passerby to visit them. Often dangerous and also illegal, the curious are still drawn to them. This is a fascinating book that takes a look at them. The cover photo is the Wyndcliffe mansion in Rhinebeck, New York. The house once viewed as an example of opulence and wealth was owned by Elizabeth Schermerhorn Jones, an aunt of Edith Wharton. It was said to have inspired the phrase, "Keeping up with the Joneses". Unfortunately the house is hardly almost able to keep it's fragile walls standing.
Visit the Library of Congress for more photos and architectural drawings and plans.
Keeping up with the Joneses
Ghostly Ruins by Harry Skrdla