I had the pleasure of visiting the Vanderbilt Mansion, a National Historic site, yesterday. Quite interesting to see how the “other half” lived in the late 19th and early 20th century. The incredible detail in wood-work, mantle pieces and crown mouldings is ostentatious, but well preserved. Everything in the house is original. This is just one of several homes owned by Frederick William Vanderbilt and his wife Louise Holmes Anthony. Built between 1896 and 1899, this is a 54 room estate designed by Mckim, Mead & White. The estate sits on 211 acres of the original 600 acres parcel which overlooks the Hudson River. The property includes formal gardens, woodlands and other auxiliary buildings, some of which being used as servants quarters.
Frederick William Vanderbilt is a Yale graduate. Soon after he accompanied is father working at the New York Central Railroad. He acquired all the skills necessary to manage the entire operation, including 22 other railroads including the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad and the Chicago & North Western Railroad.
Frederick Vanderbilt died in Hyde Park NY on June 29, 1938. He is buried in New Dorp NY, his birthplace, on Staten Island. Upon his death, his estate was valued at $80 million($1.5 billion today).
Here are some of the images I captured of this most amazing estate.