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Postcard of, The Ballroom at Beechwood, Newport RI. Purchased by William Backhouse Astor Jr., and wife, "The" Mrs. Caroline Astor, in c.1881. Both members of America's Gilded Age high society, part of the "400". Once purchased, the summer "cottage" was expanded and renovated by Richard Morris Hunt. With the addition of the Ball Room. ~~ {cwl}

The Astor Double Mansion Overlooking Central Park On a sunny, June day while in Newport Mrs. Caroline Astor offered her friend, .

Metropolitan Club dining room | Library of Congress

Metropolitan Club dining room | Library of Congress

871 Fifth Ave | Whitney Townhouse, New York, NY. Using antique elements such as the gilt-iron and bronze gates from the Palazzo Doria in Rome in the porte cochère and Louis XVI boiserie from a château near Bordeaux in the ballroom, it’s estimated that Stanford White spent $ 4,000,000 converting 871 Fifth Ave into a dwelling suitably spectacular to please William C. Whitney.  After he died in 1899, his palace became the home of his son Harry and daughter-in-law Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney.

After William Collins Whitney, the traction magnate died in his palace eventually became the home of his son Harry Paine Whitney and Harry's wife, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitne.

Child's carriage from the Royal family collection

Versailles carriages exhibition in Arras : The Good Life France

Caroline Astor's dining room at her grand mansion, with tapestries depicting lovely hunting scenes. The fireplace was from the ballroom of her old mansion and the state of Venus had also come from her old residence, now currently the site of the Empire State Building

The Astor Double Mansion Overlooking Central Park On a sunny, June day while in Newport Mrs. Caroline Astor offered her friend, .

Caroline Astor, competing with the "tacky" mansion of the newly wealthy  Stewart  across the road,had the Georgian drawing room completely redone and turned into the then fashionable Rococo style, and it was in this room the family had their signature portrait done. This was the location of her famous "400" balls, where the lucky 400 were considered high society enough to enter her realm.

William Astor Family, by Lucius Rossi, (In the the Astor Brownstone on Street, NYC)

Ballroom of Caroline's in Newport - Where the Jack Astor (John Jacob IV) married Madeleine Talmadge Force.

Ballroom of Beechwood-designed after the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles

Mr. and Mrs. Goodhue Livingston with Mrs. Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, members of The Four Hundred.

Goodhue Livingston with Mrs. Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, members of The Four Hundred.

The Gilded Age Era: The Astor Double Mansion on Fifth Avenue: the stairwell down which Mrs Caroline Astor fell

The Astor Double Mansion Overlooking Central Park On a sunny, June day while in Newport Mrs. Caroline Astor offered her friend, .

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JJ and Madeline Astor

A well-dressed American Gilded Age society lady, is featured in this c.1880s advertisement illustration. She is playing a musical selection on, "The Sterling" brand of organs. ~ {cwlyons}

Gilded Age NYC ~ Women playing music on "The Sterling" organ.

Cornelius Vanderbilt II Residence | Fifth Ave @ 57th Street, New York, NY. Dining Room and Gallery.

Cornelius Vanderbilt II Residence | Fifth Ave @ 57th Street, New York, NY. Dining Room and Gallery.

elsie-french-vanderbilt, first wife of Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt

Flat living is just a fad (1904

Elsie-French-Vanderbilt, first wife of Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt

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