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Big Old Houses: Stanford White Experiments

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Big Old House returns to John Foreman’s visit to Naumkeag, the summer estate in Stockbridge of the most distinguished New York lawyer, Joseph Choate... READ MORE
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Big Old Houses: A Very Big Stage

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We revisit John Foreman’s coverage of 1 East 78 Street, the home of James B. Duke, his wife and this legendary daughter, Doris, the richest girl in ... READ MORE
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Big Old Houses: Very Rich, and Very Quiet

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We accompany John Foreman through his tour of one of the great old Fifth Avenue mansions from the Gilded, still standing, the Harkness mansion at 1 Ea... READ MORE
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Big Old Houses: Refugee from the Gilded Age

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The late, great John Foreman sets his eyes and his camera on a refugee from the Gilded Age — Stone House Hill House of Ames family in North Easton,... READ MORE
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Big Old Houses: In Defense of Excess

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John Foreman’s visit to another residence all in the same family, the Burden mansion on East 91st Street, next door to Mrs. Burden’s sister, Mrs. ... READ MORE
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Big Old Houses: Another Rescue Story

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Today on the NYSD we’re running another of our great, late contributor John Foreman’s Big Old Houses.  This week’s subject is Elm Court, th... READ MORE
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Big Old Houses: The Russian Consulate

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Re-visiting the late John Foreman’s Big Old Houses. The John Henry Hammond Mansion on 9 East 91st Street, childhood home of the legendary man who us... READ MORE
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A Hairbreadth Escape

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About 20 years ago, during a very fluid period in my career, a girl I knew suggested we rent a mansion together in Stockbridge, Mass. Either a single ... READ MORE
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Obscure Poughkeepsie

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Poughkeepsie, NY, like most old cities in our part of the world, is full of mysterious stone retaining walls. I often wonder what used to be behind th... READ MORE
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Daheim, Part II

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Here are the Daheim barns, seen from the air in 1982. 25 years after I snapped this picture from a friend’s plane, a catastrophic fire destroye... READ MORE
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Daheim, Part I

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Here’s Daheim, my home in Millbrook for thirty years, in a photo taken 2 weeks ago. It’s a complicated looking house by any measure, and ... READ MORE

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