The exterior of The Wyckoff house was a English Half Timber style and designed by the architectural firm of Barney & Chapman. Since the Dr. Thomas house took up the ocean view, the Wyckoff house was designed to have the principal side face Lake Agawam to the west. Make sure to scroll to image 3 for a partial first floor plan. Please see the previous posts also. #hamptons#hamptonsstyle
The story of Wooldon Manor begins 25 years before it’s construction. In the 1870’s a prominent New York City surgeon, Dr. Theodore Galliard Thomas visits some friends in Southampton and finds it be such a healthy and refreshing escape from the city he buys a piece of land that goes from the present day Gin Lane all the way to the ocean, with Lake Agawam to the west. He builds an unpretentious cottage with many porches to capture the sea breezes. Then around 1900, he sells 3/4 of the northern part of the land to another doctor, Dr. Peter Wyckoff. ...
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Since summer is almost 1/2 over and most of us experiencing the current heat wave might not mind, I though I would feature some Gilded Age summer cottages as the millionaires of the era called their vast homes by the seashore and other cooler places to escape the city heat. For those that could not attend my lecture yesterday in Southampton I wanted to share a little glimpse here. I would also like thank @southampton_museum for inviting me to give my presentation at their historic mansion. To start, this house seen here was called Wooldon Manor. Originally built for a ...
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The main facade of Harbor Hill. For those that have been watching the rebuilding of Harbor Hill as a 3D Model I have set up a Harbor Hill Go Fund Me Page to help with time and labor. Thank you to those who have contributed and for those that would like to also help, the link it at the top of the page here. Click #harborhill3dmodel to see previous posts. #architecturalmodel Harbor Hill 3D Model
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A shady cool spot to enjoy Harbor Hill. For those that have been watching the rebuilding of Harbor Hill as a 3D Model I have set up a Harbor Hill Go Fund Me Page to help with time and labor. Thank you to those who have contributed and for those that would like to also help, the link it at the top of the page here. Click #harborhill3dmodel to see previous posts. #architecturalmodel Harbor Hill 3D Model
This is The Orchard at Southampton, NY. Designed by the firm of McKim, Mead & White for banker James Breese, it was and still is one of the largest Gilded Age mansions in the Hamptons. The house is now 5 condo units, but from Hill Street, you would never know. Please see the other images by scrolling left. I will be discussing this and other Hamptons mansions, many from the book I co-authored, “Houses of the Hamptons 1880-1930 tomorrow, Saturday, July 20 at 4pm in the Southampton History Museum where I will be giving an illustrated talk about the various ...
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Returning to some more views of Waldorf-Astoria, here is an elegant meeting room. If you have missed the earlier parts of the story #waldorfastorianycmga to read the entire history of this now lost landmark of the Gilded Age. #gildedage
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Come join, “Mansions of the Gilded Age” on a tour of the Newport mansions in October. I will be giving a small tour for only 25 people from October 20th to the 24th and we will visit many of the most famous mansions and newly added behind the scenes tours that many now offer. We will also be going to the recently restored Belcourt, which has been returned to Gilded Age perfection! I will tell more in upcoming posts, but since this is a small group and tickets are already being sold, I wanted to let you know now. A ...
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The Waldorf-Astoria had many types of rooms for all purposes. In the Gilded Age many private mansions where not decorated as we do today with more cohesive interiors. Most mansions had numerous rooms devoted to different eras and cultures. Since smoking was very popular especially among men, there was often a Turkish or Morrish room for relaxing and smoking. Men even wore exotic quilted velvet jackets with smoking hats. One could almost call these rooms Gilded Age Man Caves! This room pictured here at the Waldorf-Astoria was called the Turkish Room. If you have missed the earlier parts of the ...
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The 3D model of Harbor Hill is almost complete. Follow me @garylawrancearchitect to see more.
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The Waldorf-Astoria had many elegant rooms for entertainment, meetings, quiet dinner parties and smaller balls. At the time it was probably unequalled in its luxurious surroundings filled with art. This room shown here was called the West foyer. If you missed the earlier parts of the story #waldorfastorianycmga to read the entire history of this now lost landmark of the Gilded Age. #gildedage
The Waldorf-Astoria during the Gilded Age was the scene of many elaborate and fancy balls. Here is the Ballroom and notice the chairs lined up against the wall to give a sense of how large the ballroom was. The second image shows the room set up for a theater event. If you missed the earlier parts of the story #waldorfastorianycmga to read the entire history of this now lost landmark of the Gilded Age. #gildedage