The Symposium will feature six esteemed speakers on topics of Gilded Age architecture, interior design, fashion, jewelry, travel, and society. The Symposium will be followed by a cocktail reception in the mansion tower (separate ticket). Half-price mansion tour tickets are available with purchase of a symposium ticket.
Schedule 10:00 am Gary Lawrance, Architect, Author and Historian Houses of the Hamptons 1880-1930
11:00 am Robert B. King, Author/Photographer and Historian Lost Vanderbilt Homes along Fifth Avenue
12:00 pm Ulysses Dietz, Chief Curator of Newark Museum Elegance and Aspiration: Money, Taste and Jewelry in America’s Gilded Age
1:00 pm Lunch break Lunch available from Red Barn Bakery in the Lyndhurst carriage house courtyard.
2:00 pm Caroline Rennolds Milbank, Fashion Historian Fashion in an Age of Extravagance Whether at a watering hole, aboard a yacht, on the grand tour, being presented to society or married off to a European title; gilded age fashion existed at the point where etiquette, elegance and extravagance intersect.
3:00 pm Walter G. Ritchie, Jr., Decorative Arts Specialist and Architectural Historian Luxury and Economy in the Gilded Age: The Suckleys Furnish WildersteinThe lecture will address how Robert Suckley and his wife, Elizabeth Montgomery Suckley, filled the rooms of their stylishly refurbished Hudson Valley residence with primarily medium quality furniture purchased for an earlier home while simultaneously embracing the Gilded Age’s standards of luxury by ordering expensive and opulent furniture from several of the leading cabinetmaking and decorating firms of the period.
4:00 pm Leighton Hammond Coleman III, Spedden Family Archivist The World of Daisy Corning Stone Spedden: Edwardian Diarist, Titanic Survivor and Children’s Book Author
5:00 pm Wine and cheese reception, Lyndhurst observation tower Conclude the Mansions of the Gilded Age symposium with a wine and cheese reception in the newly restored Lyndhurst observation tower. The tower offers spectacular views of Manhattan and the Tappan Zee Bridge. No handicapped access. Tower access requires climbing five flights of stairs.
The Captain Marion Eppley residence, a c. 1790 house with alterations by William Lawrence Bottomley in Oyster Bay Cove. The Eppley residence is currently for sale for $9,500,000, click HERE to see the listing on Daniel Gale Sotheby's. Click HERE for more on the Eppley residence and HERE to see the house on bing.
'The Villa Blue', the Russell Steenback Carter estate designed by Albro & Lindeberg c. 1910 in Hewlett Bay Park. Carter was assistant manager of the New York Office of Ingersoll-Rand Company. Click HERE to see the residence on bing as it appears today following alterations.
'The Downs', the Hallett Alsop Borrowe residence built c. 1900 in the Shinnecock Hills. Borrowe was the vice-president of the Equitable Life Assurance Company and fought with Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders. 'The Downs' is no longer extant.
'Gray Horse Farm', the Geraldyn Livingston Redmond estate designed by James O'Connor c. 1924 in Upper Brookville. The estate along with nine acres is currently for sale for $9,700,000, click HERE to see the listing on Daniel Gale Sotheby's. Click HERE and HERE for more on 'Gray Horse Farm'. Click HERE to see the estate on bing.
Today marks the eighth anniversary of the creation of Old Long Island. I'm not really sure what to say for this anniversary to be quite honest... never in a million years did I think OLI would make it to four let alone eight. As has become my usual statement at this time of year I solemnly pledge to continue posting stuff for as long as I find stuff to post. That might mean short, medium or long lulls in between postings... but that doesn't mean I've left. It just means I'm somewhere digging around for more images. Thank you to everyone who reads Old Long Island, I would have given up long ago had it not been for your continued presence. Above, my Australian Shepherd Otto who will turn 9 years old in 3 weeks. He was but a pup when this place began and now, two knee replacements later, he's officially an old man. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, I will see you in 2016.
The Benjamin Franklin Evans residence designed by J. Curtis Lawrence c. 1913 in East Hampton. Evans was president of Evans, Conger and Breyer, Inc. The residence has since been altered but click HERE to see it on bing.
The Dr. Clarence C. Rice estate designed by Grosvenor Atterbury c. 1899 in East Hampton and pictured here under subsequent owner D.W. McCord. The residence would burn in 1920. Click HERE and HERE for more on the Rice estate.
What's left of the garden wall at 'Spring Hill', the Henry Carnegie Phipps estate designed by John Russell Pope c. 1903 for William L. Stow in Old Westbury. Click HERE for all previous posts on 'Spring Hill'.
'The Gables', originally built for Max H. Schultze c. 1910 in Lattingtown and pictured here under subsequent owners Cyril P.W.F.R. Dugmore and his wife Lilla Brokaw Dugmore. Click HERE to see a brochure from when 'The Gables' was for sale. The residence is no longer extant.
'Idle Hour', the William K. Vanderbilt estate designed by Richard Howland Hunt c. 1899 in Oakdale. Click HERE, HERE and HERE for more on 'Idle Hour'. Click HERE to see 'Idle Hour' on bing which is now part of Dowling College.
'Rumpus House', the Carl J. Schmidlapp estate designed by Peabody, Wilson & Brown c. 1920 in Mill Neck with landscaping by Ellen Shipman and Ferruccio Vitale, now under the stewardship of the North Shore Land Alliance. After a successful campaign to purchase the property the NSLA needs some help figuring out what to do with 'Rumpus House', which has sat vacant for a number of years. The house would be a bit of a project but it is quite a house, located across the street from Upper Francis Pond and adjacent to the Humes Japanese Stroll Garden. Feel free to share any ideas in the comments section below. Click HERE and HERE for more on 'Rumpus House'. A tremendous thank you to the North Shore Land Alliance for allowing me to visit and photograph the property.
'Rosecrest', the Morgan J. O'Brien residence in Hampton Bays. O'Brien would eventually leave 'Rosecrest' for 'Villa Mille Fiori' in Southampton. Click HERE and HERE for more on 'Villa Mille Fiori'. 'Rosecrest' is no longer extant.
'Planting Fields', the William R. Coe estate designed by Walker & Gillette c. 1919 in Oyster Bay as seen from the Italian Blue Pool Garden. Click HERE for all previous posts on 'Planting Fields'. Click HERE to see the estate on bing.
'Falaise', the Harry F. Guggenheim estate designed by Frederick J. Sterner and Polhemus & Coffin c. 1923 in Sands Point as pictured c. 1973. Click HERE and HERE for more on 'Falaise' and HERE to see the house on bing.