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Great Houses of New York: 1880-1930
With anecdotes about the owners brightening the survey of the mansions, their construction, and architectural features, this text contains 43 entries, each illustrated with a wealth of period photos of the building's exterior and, especially, interior rooms and decor. An introduction discusses New York City's architectural history. An appendix with
Hardcover, 383 pages
Published June 3rd 2005 by Acanthus Press
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This was a wonderful read. It's a large oversized book. All the photos are black and white. Where available, there are layouts of each mansion, as well as photos of interiors and exteriors. What amazed me was the number of mansion that were built and then torn down within a 50-year block of time. The other realization that strikes one reading this book is just how many millionaires there were in the era before income taxes. And just how much expendable income was available to lavish on their man ...more