Great Houses of New York
By (author) Michael C. Kathrens
Normal Price: $150.00
Your Price: $135.00 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $15.00! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $6.75 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available, ships in 7-10 days
Great Houses of New York by Michael C. Kathrens
Book DescriptionIn 1869, when Edith Wharton's aunt Mary Mason Jones (immortalised as Mrs. Manson Mingot in "The Age of Innocence") finished her French classical house at the corner of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue - in a block for which her father paid $1500 forty years earlier - she was considered an adventuress for building so far uptown. By 1882, just down the avenue at 52nd Street, William K. Vanderbilt finished his limestone mansion, ushering in the era of the lavish New York Great House, modelled after the London houses of English aristocrats and their Parisian counterparts. At the behest of clients who formed the business and social elite of post-Civil War America, among them Otto Kahn of Kuhn Loeb, steel magnate Henry Frick, and George Baker, president of First National Bank (now Citibank), the leading architects and designers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries - Richard Morris Hunt, J. Armstrong Stenhouse, C.P. H. Gilbert, Walker and Gillette, Ogden Codman - were inundated with commissions to speedily construct lavish residences for America's wealthiest families. Private indoor swimming pools and ballrooms were only part of lavish architectural programs that were combined with unique American practicality, such as private baths, closets, kitchens, air conditioning, laundry rooms and pantries. Opulent English, French, and Italian-inspired detailing was combined with private galleries and exhibition halls created to house paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts collected on annual grand tours through Europe. "Great Houses of New York", 1880-1930 presents the stories of the most elegant houses built in New York. With over 300 archival photographs and floor plans and a decade of research, Michael Kathrens profiles New York houses known only for their magisterial presence on the city's most elegant boulevards, some of which still exist today, including the houses of Otto Kahn (Convent of the Sacred Heart), Andrew Carnegie (Cooper Hewitt Design Museum), James B. Duke (NYU Institute of Fine Art), and Morton F. Plant (Cartier), and Willard D. Straight (home of the banker Bruce Kovner). In "Great Houses of New York", lavish rooms are brought to life again-polished black and white columns reflect in the marble floor of a grand entryway, Dutch master paintings line damask walls in a second floor reception room, a crystal chandelier softly lights a dining room whose boiserie glows with paintings by Boucher-evoking the elegant private life that has become a trademark of the wealthy New Yorker.
Buy Great Houses of New York book by Michael C. Kathrens from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.
Book DetailsISBN: 9780926494343
(305mm x 228mm x 33mm)
Imprint: Acanthus Press,U.S.
Publisher: Acanthus Press,U.S.
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Michael C. Kathrens
Great Houses of New York, 1880-1940, Hardback (June 2013)
A lavishly illustrated survey of some of the greatest New York City townhouses.
American Splendour, Hardback (April 2012)
Extensive study of designer Horace Trumbauer.
Newport Villas, Hardback (February 2009)» View all books by Michael C. Kathrens
A survey of the Gilded Age mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, for all who love grand houses.
» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Great Houses of New York book by Michael C. Kathrens and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)
Bestselling Books: Our Current Bestsellers | Australia's Hottest 1000 Books | Bestselling Fiction | Bestselling Crime Mysteries and Thrillers | Bestselling Non Fiction Books | Bestselling Sport Books | Bestselling Gardening and Handicrafts Books | Bestselling Biographies | Bestselling Food and Drink | Bestselling History | Bestselling Travel Books | Bestselling School Textbooks & Study Guides | Bestselling Children's General Non-Fiction | Bestselling Young Adult Fiction | Bestselling Children's Fiction | Bestselling Picture Books | Top 100 US Bestsellers
Phone: 1300 36 33 32 (9am-2pm Mon-Fri AEST) - International: +61 2 9960 7998 - Online Form
Address: Boomerang Books, 878 Military Road, Mosman Junction, NSW, 2088
© 2003-2016. All Rights Reserved. Eclipse Commerce Pty Ltd - ACN: 122 110 687 - ABN: 49 122 110 687
For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.