Long Island Country Houses and Their Architects 1860-1940
Editors: Robert B. MacKay, Anthony K. Baker and Carol A. Traynor
Foreword: Brendan Gill
Publisher/Date: Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities in association with W.W. Norton & Co. (c. 1997) 3rd printing.
Format/Condition: New large heavy cloth hardcover book with dust jacket in Fine condition. 563 pages, index. Dimensions: 9.6 x 12.3 x 1.8 inches. Profusely illustrated with over 1200 black-and-white photographs and drawings.
Description: An illustrated treasury of the most magnificent Long Island mansions and a compendium of the architects who designed them.
Long Island, particularly the North Shore, was the site of some of the most lavish and extravagant residences in the world. The island's natural beauty, its pristine shoreline and ocean beaches, its proximity and easy travel access to New York, and its suitability for yachting and other recreational pursuits made it the perfect place for the leisure class. From the Civil War to World War II, almost 1000 estates were built there, often by the nation's richest families--Morgan, Vanderbilt, Hearst, Astor, Woolworth, Chrysler, Whitney, Tiffany, Frick, and Guggenheim, to name a few.
Long Island's rich architectural history is presented in this important and long-awaited volume. It is at once a fascinating glimpse at the homes of some of America's wealthiest families and a complete compendium of the architects who designed these breathtaking houses. Among them are Delano & Aldrich; Cass Gilbert; Richard Morris Hunt; McKim, Mead & White; Horace Trumbauer; Calvert Vaux; and Warren & Wetmore.
More on the way. Check back later.