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Gilded Mansions

Grand Architecture and High Society
Craven, Wayne (Book - 2009 )
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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

Authors: Craven, Wayne
Statement of Responsibility: Wayne Craven
Title: Gilded mansions
grand architecture and high society
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2009
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 383 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [371]-374) and index
Subject Headings: Architecture and society New York (State) New York History 20th century Architecture and society New York (State) New York History 19th century Architecture New York (State) New York History 20th century Architecture New York (State) New York History 19th century Millionaires Homes and haunts New York (State) New York Mansions New York (State) New York
Topical Term: Architecture and society
Architecture and society
Architecture
Architecture
Millionaires
Mansions
LCCN: 2008012309
ISBN: 0393067548
9780393067545
Branch Call Number: 728.8097 C
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