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Parish-Hadley Tree of Life:  By Brian McCarthy and Bunny Williams

  Albert Hadley and Sister Parish set a standard in the design industry for more than 30 years. They were commissioned by the most prestigious families, everyone from the Kennedys at the White House, to the Astors, Rockefellers and Gettys. Now thirty of the most renowned designers and architects have come together to tell about their … Read the full article

The Marble House – Dorset, VT

  Not long ago, I attended a benefit in Dorset, Vermont. The event, a dinner and charity auction, raised proceeds for programs at The Marble House, or Manley-Lefèvre House. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990, the Federal-style property was built in 1815 with marble quarried from the land on which it resides. The original … Read the full article

Riordan Mansion

Recently I went on a cross-country road trip. Along the way I stopped in Flagstaff AZ at the Riordan Mansion State Historic Park. The park includes two nearly identical homes constructed in 1904 by architect Charles Whittlesey for brothers Michael and Timothy Riordan, prominent lumber barons. The structures encompassed almost 13,000 square feet, and were … Read the full article

Bayou Bend

  John Staub was born during the late summer of 1892 in Knoxville, TN. His grandfather, Peter Staub, a Swiss-German tailor, was the first to settle in the railroad city. Peter’s business and investments brought him fortune and recognition so that by the time John was born his family had already been absorbed into the … Read the full article

Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon Estate, in Fairfax County Virginia was the plantation home of George Washington, the first President of the United States.  The original structure was built by his father in 1734. Washington began leasing the estate from his older half-brother Lawrence’s widow, Ann, in 1754. At this time the home was smaller and less decorated.  … Read the full article

Clermont House

“The spirit of Clermont is one of love, loyalty, generosity, and right living and one cannot remain within its walls and harbor thoughts contrary to that spirit—nor live a life unimbued by its enobling influence.” – Peyton Miller, 1927, A Frequent Guest At Clermont   Clermont is the oldest of the mid-Hudson River Valley estates. … Read the full article

Glenview Mansion

The Glenview Mansion listed on the National Register of Historic places as the John Bond Trevor house, is located on Warburton Avenue in Yonkers, New York.  The stone house, designed by Charles W. Clinton, was built in the 1870s in the late Victorian architectural style.  John Bond Trevor, a New York Financier, built the home … Read the full article

Glenmere Mansion

In 1911 the Glenmere mansion, overlooking Glenmere Lake, just fifty miles northwest of New York City in Orange County, New York, was built by New York City real estate developer Robert Wilson Goelet , on the grounds of his sprawling estate in Sugar Loaf, a hamlet of the town of Chester, New York. Goelet commissioned … Read the full article

Kykuit Pergola

  Kykuit has so many magical wonders. Home to four generations of the Rockefeller family, the six story stone house and beautiful grounds have been added to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The villa, built in the Classical Revival style, is absolutely stunning, a picture of understated elegance. Originally built for one of the … Read the full article

The Morris-Jumel Mansion

The Morris–Jumel Mansion, also known as the Roger and Mary Philipse Morris House, “Mount Morris” is located at 65 Jumel Terrace in Roger Morris Park in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. It was built in 1765 by Roger Morris, a British military officer, and served as a headquarters for both the … Read the full article