DISCOVER THE GILDED AGE MANSIONS OF UPPER FIFTH AVENUE’S GOLD COAST ON OUT PROFESSIONALS’ WALKING TOUR AND MIXER.
On Saturday afternoon, November 14, you are invited to join Members and friends of Out Professionals for “Millionaires’ Row: The Walking Tour and Mixer.” Afterwards, we adjourn to an Upper East Side watering hole. Don’t miss out: This is the last OP walking tour until spring!
In perhaps the Gilded Age’s greatest scandal, Millionaires’ Row architect Stanford White, above left, dallied with showgirl Evelyn Nesbit, wife of millionaire Harry K. Thaw, right. Thaw gunned down White during the premiere of “Mam’zelle Champagne” at his rooftop theater on Madison Square.
Following the creation of Central Park in 1857, homes for American tycoons with aristocratic yearnings — European-style homes designed to project power, wealth and stature — began to line the park’s eastern border. The survival of so many of these Gilded Age mansions is a tribute to Fifth Avenue’s enduring allure.
Of course The American Dream had its dark side, and “Millionaires’ Row: The Walking Tour and Mixer” does not stint on other Gold Coast scandals and crimes.
Tour highlights include:
- The Henry Clay Frick Mansion, built by a powerful financier and industrialist whom Andrew Carnegie called “The Man.” (Frick’s underground bowling alley survives.)
- The James Buchanan Duke Mansion. Upon the death of American Tobacco’s “Buck” Duke, the mansion passed to his only child, gossip-column favorite Doris Duke.
- Harkness House, built for Stephen V. Harkness, the silent but second-largest shareholder in Standard Oil, the combine that made John D. Rockefeller the world’s richest man.
- Payne Whitney House, designed by Stanford White. Having seduced Nesbit, “The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing,” White met his death at the hands of her young husband before he could see his masterpiece completed.
Out Professionals’ private Walking Tour/Mixer series is designed for us — and you — by Joyce Gold History Tours of New York. Joyce teaches Manhattan history at New York University and the New School.
Tour begins at 2 p.m. sharp, rain or shine. We meet in front of the Frick Collection, 1 East 70th Street, between Fifth and Madison Avenues. Subway: 6 to 68th Street/Hunter College. Nearby open-ended mixer begins about 4 p.m. Refreshments on your own.
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