Creating a baseline to measure the wealth, and building turmoil, of the current Gilded Age.
It is hard to imagine a more stark and tangible manifestation of the original Gilded Age than the large estates built along the Long Island Sound in the region that would later become known as the Gold Coast. Yet, you may be surprised that such opulence was not limited to robber barons or captains of industry. In fact, some of the very best real estate was owned by their lawyers.
Above is a photo of the main residence of Paul Cravath’s Veraton estate, which was built in 1905. Shortly after completion, the lavish property was profiled in Town & Country magazine, which noted that Veraton “consists of over 600 acres of lawn, gardens, woodland, farmlands and paddocks. … The residence and outlying buildings are so placed that every advantage of beauty and utility has been obtained.” See “One of Long Island’s Stateliest Homes,” Town & Country (Nov. 30, 1907) at 12.
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