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Synopsis: New York has never been a place to hide one s wealth. As the city grew in power and affluence during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, so did the houses of its richest citizens. The best architectural firms filled avenues and side streets with fluid Venetian palazzos, elegant French hôtels particuliers, and dignified Georgian mansions with private galleries and exhibition halls created to house their patrons growing art collections.
In this, the second volume of Great Houses of New York, Michael Kathrens continues to explore the most elegant New York City town houses, built for the city s business and social elite between 1880 and 1940. Released in 2005, the first volume profiled 43 important houses, offering a rare and captivating glimpse into a time of unprecedented architectural and social development of the city. Great Houses of New York, Volume II, documents another 37 structures both celebrated and less well-known completing the survey of the city s most exclusive addresses of the Gilded Age.
Illustrated with a wealth of period photos of buildings exteriors, interiors, and decor the exotic 45-foot-high studio of Louis Comfort Tiffany, the art-and- treasure-filled residences of Henry O. Havemeyer and Jeanette Dwight Bliss, the magnificent country estate of C.K.G. Billings on the former site of Fort Tryon (now the site of The Cloisters Museum and Gardens), and architect Ernest Flagg s own house that once stood at 109 E. 40th Street Great Houses of New York parades the sumptuous facades and the riches within. A visual delight and an absorbing social history, Great Houses of New York chronicles 60 years of the city s culture, commerce, sophisticated lifestyle, and the rich architectural and cultural legacy they established.
About the Author: Michael Kathrens is an independent scholar specialising in American residential architecture and interior decoration of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is the author of American Splendor: the Residential Architecture of Horace Trumbauer (Acanthus Press, 2002, 2012), Great Houses of New York, 1880 -1930 (Acanthus Press, 2005) and Newport Villas: The Revival Styles, 1885-1935 (W.W. Norton, 2009). Mr. Kathrens leads walking tours and lectures extensively on American domestic architecture of the Great House era.
Title: Great Houses of New York, 1880-1940: v. 2
Publisher: Acanthus Press
Publication Date: 2013
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description Acanthus Press, New York, New York, 2013. Hardcover. Book Condition: VG / VG. Black cloth over boards. Pictorial dj. Illus. endpapers. 300 pp. Profusely illustrated in color and bw. Part of the Urban Domestic Architecture series. Features the homes of Charles L. Tiffany, Payne Whitney, Elihu Root, Anne Morgan, Marshall Field III, William Vincent Astor, Edward A. Norman, and many others. Very well illustrated. Thorough text. Bookseller Inventory # 146414
Book Description Acanthus Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 0926494805 New book with minor shelf wear on DJ edges. Bookseller Inventory # B1707-0100
Book Description Antique Collectors Club, 2013. Gebundene Ausgabe. Book Condition: Neu. Neu Neuware, auf Lager, Sofortversand - This 2nd volume focuses on the great New York City town houses and is lavishly illustrated throughout. 336 pp. Englisch. Bookseller Inventory # INF1000300692
Book Description Acanthus Press, 2013. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Bookseller Inventory # 0926494805
Book Description Acanthus Press, 2013. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0926494805