Inside the Last Great Greenwich Estate

During the late-19th-century period now known as the Gilded Age, the United States was on the verge of a new era of immense economic growth, great personal wealth, and revolutions in social mores and systems. Prominent families who had toured Europe and admired the estates of nobilities there began building their own private retreats and summer homes in locations across the country—particularly on Long Island, where Manhattanites could escape the bustle of the city and enjoy the refreshing Atlantic waves and breezes.

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