"In United States history, the Gilded Age is a period approximately spanning the final three decades of the nineteenth century; from the 1870s to 1900. The term…
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Consuelo's first cousins Cornelius III & Gladys Vanderbilt, children of Cornelius Vanderbilt II and Alice Claypoole Gwynne. When Cornelius II was living, he was patriarch of the Vanderbilt family. He, in essence, disinherited his namesake because his son married without his permission. As fate would have it, Cornelius III ended up inheriting his grandfather's Fifth Ave mansion and much of his estate anyway. His sister Gladys would later marry Hungarian Count László Széchenyi.
THE TIFFANY HOUSE
The Tiffany Mansion 72nd Street and Madison the Studio at the top of the building (Architectural Record 1900). This is a wonderful image showing a early hanging geometric leaded glass sphere with pebbles as a center border (see Tiffany's painting of the room to see the color) and an early blown Favrile glass feather pattern hanging shade of a type that was often used with candles.
Biltmore - Visit America's largest home, built by George Vanderbilt.
Biltmore Estate | May 8, 1894, about 1.5 years before the Christmas 1895 completion date requested by George Vanderbilt. Visible in the center is the blacksmith shop, with its tall smokestack. Directly behind the shop is a construction office, to its right is the masonry workshop of James Sinclair and Company. Derricks for lifting heavy material were scattered across the job site.
Mrs. William K. (Alva) Vanderbilt (1883), Consuelo's mother, costumed as "Venetian Renaissance Lady” for the legendary Ball that welcomed New York society to the Vanderbilt's new residence, 660 5th Ave; circumstances that earned Alva the respect of Mrs. Caroline Astor and secured the Vanderbilt's a place in the social register. NYTimes: bit.ly/1883Ball
"Robber barons," some historians call the tycoons of that era. Others prefer "industrial statesmen." Unlike Carnegie or Rockefeller, Clark left little charity, only corruption and extravagance. "Life was good to William A. Clark," wrote historian Michael Malone, "but due to his own excesses, history has been unkind."