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The Pratt Family Estates of Long Island

February 16 @ 8:00 AM - February 23 @ 9:30 PM


While 19th-century American businessman Charles Pratt started his career in the whale oil business, and later made a good sum of money in the petroleum industry, it was his company’s eventual merger with John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company that made him one of the wealthiest people in the country. And with that vast fortune, he created a 1,000 acre family compound on Long Island’s “Gold Coast” known as Dosoris, where each of his six children could build a “comfortable” country house. It’s time to uncover the stories behind many of these palatial estates and the legacy each left behind.
A historical overview of the North Shore of Long Island and why it became the social epicenter of New York’s prominent families and known world wide for its wealth, glamour, and dazzling social life
The life and legacy of Charles Pratt, from his early years and how he made his incredible fortune
How the children of Charles Pratt created individual estates and mansions on the original 1000 acres their father assembled in the Long Island town of Glen Cove
An in-depth look at each estate and their luxurious mansions and gardens
The story of the Pratt Oval, a large compound of service buildings where each family member kept their personal automobiles and horses
Rare archival photos featuring estate floor plans, interiors, and furnishings
What became of their estates and how they’re being utilized today, from conference centers to college campuses. More in event Link.
Led by Architect, Author, and Historian Gary Lawrance is an architect from Stony Brook, New York.
Mr. Lawrance has an extensive background in the history of Gilded Age architecture, landscapes, and society, and co-authored the bestselling book, “Houses of the Hamptons 1880-1930” with Anne Surchin (Acanthus Press 2007, Revised 3rd Printing 2013).

Mr. Lawrance’s work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Hamptons Cottages & Gardens, Newsday, New York Social Diary, Southampton Press, and more. Mr. Lawrance has written for Architectural Digest, Dan’s Papers, Quest magazine, and his two blogs, Mansions of the Gilded Age and Houses of the Hamptons in addition to founding and contributing to the two very successful Facebook & Instagram groups, Mansions of the Gilded Age & The Gilded Age Society with over 700,000 members.


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