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My visit to Lyndhurst, an American castle

This past weekend, I finally got the opportunity to visit someplace I've wanted to see for a long time - Lyndhurst mansion! Lyndhurst is an huge house in Tarrytown, New York. It was first built in the 1838 and enlarged in 1864. Three families lived in the house between its completion and 1961 - those of politician William Paulding, businessman George Merritt, and Gilded… Continue reading My visit to Lyndhurst, an American castle

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How to Have Great Historic Site Visit (Art Appreciation 101)

If you enjoy jaw-dropping architecture, significant collections of fine and decorative arts, and historical artifacts, you may want to visit some historic sites. Historic house museums and other places of national or historic importance are frequently open to the public for touring. Historic sites are fun because they give you the rare opportunity to feel as though you're… Continue reading How to Have Great Historic Site Visit (Art Appreciation 101)

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Kip’s Castle – My Visit to a New Jersey Mansion

I recently took some time to visit a local landmark - Kip’s Castle in Verona, New Jersey. The former home of textile industrialist Frederic Ellsworth Kip and his family, Kip's Castle is a sprawling stone mansion at the very top of a hill. It was built between 1902 and 1905 in what's termed the Norman Revival style.   The fortress-like castle has… Continue reading Kip’s Castle – My Visit to a New Jersey Mansion

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Why I’m a fan of preservation and “Preservation” magazine

In one of the first philanthropic acts of my grown-up life, I recently joined the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a non-profit organization that provides funding and support for the protection and restoration of historical landmarks throughout the United States. As a membership benefit, I just received my first issue (Winter 2015) of Preservation magazine in the… Continue reading Why I’m a fan of preservation and “Preservation” magazine

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Where in the world is this place? Not where you might think.

  The house pictured above might look like an English manor house or a French chateau, but it is actually a country estate near where I live in the United States. I went to visit this turn-of-the-century Beaux Arts mansion one day this past week. The home is now privately-owned and no longer decorated according to… Continue reading Where in the world is this place? Not where you might think.

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Look at all the interlace!

I was back in my favorite place, the Park Avenue Armory, this week for the New York Antiquarian Book Fair. It was very exciting, especially because I was attending in an official business capacity this time! While I was there, I gave myself a little tour of the period rooms and saw this beautiful Celtic-inspired… Continue reading Look at all the interlace!

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Recommended Link: Historic Hotels of America

I have been writing about New York Deco and the Art Deco movement in general for several days now. Somehow, what started out as a slightly-longer-than-usual post has become a marathon of information, thoughts, research, and photographs. I'm pretty sure I submitted (and got A's for) really solid college papers that weren't this comprehensive. With… Continue reading Recommended Link: Historic Hotels of America