Saturday, April 4, 2009

1925c - Cornelius Vanderbilt II mansion; 5th Ave., bet. 57th & 58th

If you like researching about the Vanderbilt's and their houses, you need to get your hands on a copy of "The Vanderbilts and the Gilded Age" by John Foreman and Robbe Pierce Stimson. I was able to find a used (1st edition) copy on Amazon for $25 (with shipping) - finally getting my first glimpse inside this 5th Avenue mansion by Cornelius Vanderbilt II.

I've mentioned before I had a dream about this house. I've been to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC enough times that I can easily imagine what the inside of this one would have looked like. But having not seen pics inside this house, I've often wondered why I would think this was the location from my dream? 

The pics inside are not really enough to determine if my dream actually matches the house itself. And since it was destroyed, there is no way for me to determine accuracy.

If you can find a copy, buy it immediately! You won't regret. I'm sharing a few photos of the inside. No copyright infringement intended.



  1. Excellent book. My copy is signed by the authors. I have been to Biltmore, The Breakers, Marble House and Elm Court. They are all fabulous examples of silent music!

  2. There is a book that I have had for ages called Lost New York which has a good photo of this mansion. Thanks so much for this image.

  3. when was this mansion destroyed ?

  4. Sometime during the 1920s - Not sure of the exact date.