Gilded Age Mansions
Beacon Towers

Founder: Alva Belmont 1917
Noted: Prominent women's activist, married to William Vanderbilt, remarried to Oliver Belmont. 
Style: 140 room medieval castle, replica of an Irish Castle.
Inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald's book "The Great Gatsby".
Sold to: William Randolph Hearst who sold in 1942 
Taken Down in 1945
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The Eagle´s Nest

The "Eagle's Nest" mansion is unusual for estate architecture on Long Island because of its Spanish design, a style that is seldom seen in the region. The palatial, Spanish Revival style is actually less "Spanish" than it is a personal evocation of Vanderbilt's Mediterranean impressions as interpreted by his architects during a period of estate building that lasted over twenty-five years. ... mas



Biltmore House is a French Renaissance architecture revival Châteauesque-style mansion near Asheville, North Carolina, built by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895. It is the largest privately-owned home in the United States, at 175,000 square feet (16,300 m2) and featuring 250 rooms. Still owned by one of Vanderbilt's descendants, it stands today as one of the most prominent remaining examples of the Gilded Age, and of significant gardens in the Garden à la française and English Landscape garden styles in the United States. In 2007, it was ranked eighth on the List of America's Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects. ...mas

The Breakers

The Breakers is a Vanderbilt mansion located on Ochre Point Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island, United States on the Atlantic Ocean. It is a National Historic Landmark, a contributing property to the Bellevue Avenue Historic District, and is owned and operated by the Preservation Society of Newport County.

The Breakers was built as the Newport summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II, a member of the wealthy United States Vanderbilt family. Designed by renowned architect Richard Morris Hunt and with interior decoration by Jules Allard and Sons and Ogden Codman, Jr., the 70-room mansion boasts approximately 65,000 sq ft (6,000 m2). of living space. The home was constructed between 1893 and 1895 at a cost of more than $7 million (approximately $150 million in today's dollars adjusted for inflation). The Ochre Point Avenue entrance is marked by sculpted iron gates and 30-foot (9.1 m) high walkway gates are part of a 12-foot-high limestone and iron fence that borders the property on all but the ocean side. The 250' x 120' dimensions of the five-story mansion are aligned symmetrically around a central Great Hall.

Part of a 13-acre (53,000 m²) estate on the seagirt cliffs of Newport, it sits in a commanding position that faces east overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.... mas

Marble House

is one of the Gilded Age mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, now open to the public as a museum. It was designed by the architect Richard Morris Hunt, and said to be inspired by the Petit Trianon at Versailles (which it resembles in little more than pilasters and balustrades).
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Idle Hour
William Kissam Vanderbilt came to Oakdale in the last quarter of the 19th century seeking an escape from New York City for himself and his family. He was the son of William H. Vanderbilt, and the grandson of the famous Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt who amassed a $100,000,000 fortune in railroads. ...mas

Hyde Park

Florham Farm

Florham Farm, the Madison, New Jersey estate of Florence Vanderbilt and Hamilton McK. Twombly. Situationed on more than 1,000 acres, the house was designed by McKim, Mead and White. With more than 100 rooms, it is not considered one of the firm's great creations. The house is now part of the campus of the Madison division of Fairleigh-Dickinson University.

Elm Court

is a Vanderbilt mansion located on Old Stockbridge Road, straddling the town line between Lenox and Stockbridge, Massachusetts. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is now owned and operated as a hotel by descendants of the original builders.

Elm Court was built as the Berkshire summer home of William Douglas Sloane and Emily Thorn Vanderbilt, a member of the wealthy United States Vanderbilt family. Designed by premier architectural firm Peabody and Stearns and gardens and landscape design by Frederick Law Olmsted, Elm Court is the largest American Shingle Style House in the United States, with 106 rooms.

Belcourt Castle

is the former summer cottage of Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont, located on Bellevue Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island. Begun in 1891 and completed in 1894, it was intended to be used for only six to eight weeks of the year. Designed in a multitude of European styles and periods, Belcourt was designed with heavy emphasis on French Renaissance and Gothic decor, with further borrowings from German, English and Italian design. In the Gilded Age, the castle was well noted for its extensive stables and carriage areas, which were incorporated into the main structure. ...mas

Oheka Castle

also known as the Otto Kahn Estate, is located on the Gold Coast of Long Island's north shore, at Cold Springs Hills, Suffolk County, New York. It was the country home of financier and philanthropist Otto Kahn. Built by Kahn between 1914 and 1919, it was and remains the second largest private home in the United States, comprising 127 rooms and over 109,000 square feet (10,100 m2), as originally configured. The Oheka name is an acronym of its owner, Otto Hermann Kahn. ...mas