and grand old places

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Introducing Tragic Mansions

Introducing Tragic Mansions

From the Introduction of “Tragic Mansions” [Tragic Mansions] is a startling book—startling in its own right because it uncovers the pathetic futility of some of the most envied lives of our day— and as startling, coming from Rita Lydig, as if a famous general had […]

Conversation Starters: James C. Twiss House

Conversation Starters: James C. Twiss House

Modern Dwellings Design No. 229 James C. Twiss House Architect: George F. Barber Builder: B. H. Kellermann Built: 1907 298 N Page Street Aviston, IL 62216

Historic Marker: 125 East 36th Street

Historic Marker: 125 East 36th Street

Franklin Delano Roosevelt January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945 Anna Eleanor Roosevelt October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962 125 East 36th Street, Manhattan Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt lived here, in their “14 foot mansion”, after their extended honeymoon in 1905. Their first two […]

Conversation Starters: Morse-Libby House

Conversation Starters: Morse-Libby House

Morse-Libby House Victoria Mansion Architect: Henry Austin Builder: Ruggles Sylvester Morse Built: 1858-1860 109 Danforth Street Portland, ME 04101  

Conversation Starters: Melrose Mansion

Conversation Starters: Melrose Mansion

Melrose Estate Natchez National Historical Park Architect: Jacob Byers Builder: John T. McMurran Built: 1848 1 Melrose Montebello Parkway Natchez, MS 39120  

Langdon Gatehouse

Langdon Gatehouse

The Langdon Gatehouse was the original gatehouse to “Hyde Park”, what is now known as the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park. Originally built in 1876 by Walter Langdon, the gatehouse was later moved by Frederick W. Vanderbilt upon his purchase of the Langdon Estate in […]

Harvey E. Hackenberg House

Harvey E. Hackenberg House

Harvey E. Hackenberg House The Harvey E. Hackenberg House was built between 1893 and 1895 for Harvey E. Hackenberg, a chief executive officer of the National Carbon Company (now part of Union Carbide), a company founded to supply the demand for carbons for arc lights and was […]

American Empress: The Life and Times of Marjorie Merriweather Post

American Empress: The Life and Times of Marjorie Merriweather Post

American Empress: The Life and Times of Marjorie Merriweather Post A sweeping social history that readers of bestsellers will love, American Empress chronicles the story of Marjorie Merriweather Post–the force behind the growth of General Foods–in an irresistible rags-to-riches saga that captures the age of […]

Conversation Starters: Temple Heights

Conversation Starters: Temple Heights

Temple Heights Brownrigg-Harris-Kennebrew House Architect: undetermined Builder: Richard T. Brownrigg Built: 1837-1844 515 North 9th Street Columbus, MS 39701

Conversation Starters: Robert Frost Farm

Conversation Starters: Robert Frost Farm

Robert Frost Farm Magoon place Architect: Undetermined Builder: Nathaniel G. Head Built: 1884 122 Rockingham Road Derry, NH 03038 Rachel Buxton. Robert Frost and Northern Irish Poetry. Oxford University Press. 2004. 236pp. W. B. Shubrick Clymer; Charles R. Green. Robert Frost: A Bibliography. Amherst, MA: […]