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Gilded Mansions

Grand Architecture and High Society

Craven, Wayne

(Book - 2009)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Gilded Mansions
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WW Norton
The Gilded Age (1865–1918) saw the sudden rise of America's first High Society, including such prominent families as the Astors, Whitneys, and Vanderbilts. As an aristocracy based on fortunes recently acquired, these families endeavored to live like Europe's blue-blooded nobility, shedding Puritan restraint as they joyously flaunted their new wealth—especially where their homes were concerned. They erected French chateaus and Italian palazzos on New York's Fifth Avenue, at Newport, and elsewhere, often taking inspiration from Parisian styles of the Second Empire. They rejected more modest American styles just as they rejected middle-class society, and for interior decoration they turned to such artisans as Tiffany, Herter Brothers, and Allard's of Paris. Immensely readable and illuminated with 250 stunning color and black-and-white illustrations, this is the fascinating story of America's first millionaire society, the way they lived and partied, and the lush artistic and cultural legacy they established.

Baker & Taylor
A lavishly illustrated history of the opulent art and architecture of the Gilded Age traces the contributions of such families as the Astors, Whitneys, and Vanderbilts, in an account that evaluates the lavish interiors they commissioned from such artisans as Tiffany, Herter Brothers, and Allard's of Paris.

Norton Pub
A lavishly illustrated history of the opulent art and architecture of the Gilded Age.
The Gilded Age (1865-1918) saw the sudden rise of America's first High Society, including such prominent families as the Astors, Whitneys, and Vanderbilts. As an aristocracy based on fortunes recently acquired, these families endeavored to live like Europe's blue-blooded nobility, shedding Puritan restraint as they joyously flaunted their new wealth-especially where their homes were concerned. 

They erected French chateaus and Italian palazzos on New York's Fifth Avenue, at Newport, and elsewhere, often taking inspiration from Parisian styles of the Second Empire. They rejected more modest American styles just as they rejected middle-class society, and for interior decoration they turned to such artisans as Tiffany, Herter Brothers, and Allard's of Paris. 

Immensely readable and illuminated with 250 stunning color and black-and-white illustrations, this is the fascinating story of America's first millionaire society, the way they lived and partied, and the lush artistic and cultural legacy they established.



Blackwell North Amer
The Gilded Age of America (1865-1918) saw the sudden rise of the country's first High Society, including such prominent families as the Astors, Whitneys and Vanderbilts. As an aristocracy based on fortunes recently acquired, these families endeavoured to live like Europe's nobility, shedding Puritan restraint as they joyously flaunted their new wealth - especially where their homes were concerned.
This lavishly illustrated history of the opulent art and architecture of the Gilded Age presents the fascinating story of America's first millionaire society, the way they lived and partied, and the lush artistic and cultural legacy they established

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393067545
0393067548
Branch Call Number: 728.8097 C
Characteristics: 383 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.

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