** NEW **
July 29 SUNDAY 1 to 3 PM
THE GILDED AGE — THE INTENSELY RICH AND SOCIALLY MOBILE IN AN ERA OF CONSOLIDATED CORRUPTION
MEET: 78th Street & Madison Avenue, southeast corner
Rivalry between "old money" & "new money" filled the gossip pages of the
Gilded Age newspapers. Old money dated from Dutch & British colonial times;
new money flowed from the industrialization beginning with the Civil War.
Between 78th Street and 92nd Street, Fifth Avenue still has a concentration of formidable Gilded Age mansions. The industrial age moguls who built these city chateaux were vying to outdo one another & flaunting their wealth & worthiness for all to see. Women of the new-monied class competed for social standing with clothing, parties, and aristocratic connections.
Highlights of the tour:
• Vanderbilts, Astors, and Guggenheims
• "Poor little rich girl"
• Architectural masterpieces by C.P.H.Gilbert, Stanford White and Richard Morris Hunt
• "Dollar princesses"
• The Age of Shoddy
• H.M.S. Titanic