Gems on the Hudson: The Grand Views

Talley, Terry

Published by Magic Angel Books, 2006
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Synopsis: Gems on the Hudson is a unique local history book which takes readers on a spectacular house-by-house tour of some of the most intriguing and historic homes on the Hudson River. It features photos and in-depth stories of over 250 homes "strung like gems in a magnificent necklace" along the west shore of the Hudson River in the Grand Views in New York. With more than 330 full color photographs, 145 delightful illustrations, and sparkling text filled with the wit and wisdom of ages, this large, lavish coffee table book is a gem.

From the Publisher: A FEW HOMES FEATURED IN THE BOOK INCLUDE:

* A house built in 1732 whose walls are made of river mud and wattle. A musket ball is embedded in one of its hand-hewn oak beams, a relic from the Revolutionary War.

* A home originally owned by D.W. Griffith, the famous director of silent films. Lillian and Dorothy Gish and Jack Pickford frequently came out to visit.

* A fairy-tale castle, complete with waterfalls, a stage, and 19 bird houses built into its exterior, constructed by hand by a couple who wrote over 110 children's books.

* A porch-tiered house that sits like a large birthday cake on the hillside, built of timbers from a scow that sank in 1860. Lillian Russell, the actress, and Diamond Jim Brady were frequent visitors.

* The home of General Daniel Ullman, who influenced the direction of the Civil War by persuading President Lincoln to arm the freed slaves and enlist them into the armies of the United States.

* A spectacular Mediterranean-style villa whose plans originally went down with the S.S. Titanic. It later became a hideout for Trujillo, Dictator of the Dominican Republic.

* The Queen Mary. From the river, the house resembles a great ship, all white decks and portholes and breathtaking terracing.

* The classic Second Empire Revival house where Betty Friedan wrote The Feminine Mystique, page 124.

* The extraordinary home of Pulitzer and Nobel prize-wining author Toni Morrison, which started out as the boathouse of a fabulous estate.

* An old Hudson River farmhouse redone so beautifully that at 120 years of age it was featured on the cover of Victorian Homes magazine.

* Carol Channing's turreted stone mansion, built in 1902.

* Helen Hayes' honeymoon cottage, built by her father-in-law William Telfer MacArthur with his own hands in 1908.

* The sprawling circa 1850 Victorian home of actor Stephen Baldwin, which is now for sale.

* The homes with the jaw-dropping views on Tweed Boulevard - which Boss Tweed dreamed of turning into a resort for the rich in the late 1860s.

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Title: Gems on the Hudson: The Grand Views
Publisher: Magic Angel Books
Publication Date: 2006
Book Condition: Good
Edition: 1st.

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