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

Monday, November 21, 2022

The Virginia Graham Fair Vanderbilt Estate, Jericho, Long Island, New York

This once grand estate and mansion is not well documented, and few photos exist. The mansion was owned by Virginia Graham Fair Vanderbilt and was located at Jericho, Long Island, New York. Designed by architect John Russell Pope circa 1911, the entire estate is now a subdivision, and the mansion was demolished in the 1950’s - early 1960’s. Photo: Courtesy of the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site.

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Peacock Point, Lattingtown, Long Island, New York

The Long Island estate  known as Peacock Point was built for Banker, Henry P. Davison in 1914. The prominent architectural firm of Walker & Gillette, was noted for their country houses as well as townhouses for the wealthy "High Society" set of the Gilded Age. The mansion survived until 1963, then was demolished by the family which still retained the estate to live in smaller houses and other outbuildings converted to residential use. This post HERE tells the full story of the property up to the present and also visit, Old Long Island HERE for more photos and History.
Rear Terrace of Peacock Point, Lattintown, Long Island, NY.

The Elegant Inn: The Fabulous Story of The Original Waldorf-Astoria, 1893-1929

The Elegant Inn: The Fabulous Story of The Original Waldorf-Astoria, 1893-1929, by Albin Pasteur Dearing. One of the best books about the history of New York City's premiere Gilded Age Hotel. This book can be purchased HERE at Amazon Books, other online booksellers, used bookstore or obtained from your local library.

Can be purchased HERE.

Read more about the original Waldorf-Astoria, New York City, HERE

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

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