Preservation Long Island has invited the public to an afternoon lecture by curator and decorative arts specialist Jeannine Falino followed by light refreshments and lively discussion.
The lecture, Dilatory Domiciles: New York’s Gilded Elite on Long Island is set for Saturday, January 27, at 4pm, at the Coe Hall at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay.
The Gilded Age of the late 19th and early 20th centuries were a vital era in New York City. Families of great fortune sought to demonstrate their new status by building vast Fifth Avenue mansions filled with precious objects, important painting collections, and hosting elaborate fêtes and balls. This is the moment of Mrs. Astor’s “Four Hundred,” the rise of the Vanderbilts and Morgans, Maison Worth, Tiffany & Co., Duveen, and Allard.
Old and new wealth competed in expending small fortunes on country estates, also known as “dilatory domiciles,” to which they retreated for casual or seasonal residences. Jeannine Falino surveys the social and cultural history of these palatial retreats on Long Island through the lens of the architecture, furniture, fashion, and jewelry of the time.
Admission for this lecture is $35 Members and Young Preservationists, and $40 for Non-Members.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call (631) 692-4664, or click here.
Photo: Beacon Towers, designed by Hunt & Hunt, built for Alva Belmont, demolished 1945, provided.