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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, and an early commission of Stanford White, then in his 20s... 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 the world in the American 20th century... 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 East 75th Street... 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, Massachusetts built in 1905 by 29-year-old Frederick Lothrop Ames a year after his marriage to New York Society belle Edith Callender Cryder... 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. Hammond... 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, the sprawling country mansion and estate of Mr. and Mrs W. D. Sloane. Mr. Sloane and his brother were heirs to W&J Sloane, a major furniture business in New York.  Coincidentally, last week we featur... 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 ushered in American jazz music, now the consulate of the Russian Federation... READ MORE
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Big Old Houses: “The King of New York”

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We return for your comfort and curiosity to the late John Foreman’s visit to the interior and the history of the King of New York, Otto Kahn’s great, still perfectly preserved mansion on 91st Street and Fifth Avenue... READ MORE
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B. Smith

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We revisit our 2007 House interview with restaurateur, model, author, businesswoman and television host B. Smith, who lost her battle with early-onset Alzheimer's this past Saturday, February 22nd, 2020... READ MORE
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Belvedere: The Town That Time Forgot

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Paige Peterson gives us a tour of her hometown and surrounding areas developed by a Belvedere company, Hadley Construction, who, for 3 generations, has been keeping the integrity of the architecture and character of this hamlet. ... READ MORE
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Charles Burkhalter

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Sian, Lesley and Pierre Crosby visit interior designer Charles Burkhalter in his airy TriBeCa loft... READ MORE
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Nina Griscom

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Revisiting a 2007 interview with Nina Griscom at the first house she shared with her husband Leonel Piraino and daughter Lily Baker, providing insight into the personality and lifestyle of the woman who passed away last Saturday... READ MORE

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