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  Long Island's Gold Coast


If you are looking for additional information on Long Island's gold coast, or any of the mansions of the gilded age, click on one of the books below.

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Syosset People and Places

Through rare photographs and postcards, Syosset People and Places presents the residents, homes, businesses, and schools that have shaped this historic community.

Harbor Hill: Portrait of a House

The story of Harbor Hill in Roslyn. Harbor Hill's story includes elements of farce and tragedy: in a sense an American portrait. 175 duotone and 8 color photographs.

Long Island Country Homes and Their Architects 1860-1940

This is one of the most comprehensive books on Long Island mansions that you will ever find. A great resource for the mansion enthusiast.

 

American Castles

I haven't read this one, but if you have it, or get it, let me know what you think.

 

America's Great Homes

I haven't read this one either, but Westbury House is on the cover, so it should be of interest.

 

The Gold Coast

A great work of fiction, set in the present day Long Island gold coast.

 

The Mansions of Long Island's Gold Coast

THE most popular book on the subject of Long Island mansions.

Winfield: Living in the Shadow of the Woolworths

The newest book from Monica Randall

 

AIA Architectural Guide to Nassau and Suffolk Counties

Includes some great B&W photos of mansions.

 

The Great Gatsby

The classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. If you want to get a feel for the gold coast era, read this book.

 

Nassau County, Long Island in Early Photographs 1869-1940

Another book filled with great old B&W photos. Some mansions are also included.

 

 

In the Service: Workers on the Grand Estates of Long Island, 1890's-1940's

This is a unique book. Published by the Port Washington library, the author of this book interviewed the people who worked on many of the Long Island estates. These are first-hand accounts of their experiences and recollections.

 

The Two Mrs Greenvilles

This is the fictionalized account of the Woodward tragedy.

 

 

Glitter That Was Once Gold

Long Island Gold Coast trivia.

 

 

North Shore Long Island: Country Houses 1890-1950

40 of these homes are the focus of "North Shore Long Island:Country Houses 1890 - 1950." Includes 350 duotones and floor plans.

 

Long Island's Prominent North Shore Families: Their Estates and Their Country Homes Volume I & Volume II

Two-volume comprehensive analysis of the North Shore families that documents over 1,500 estate owners in a modified "Who's Who" format. Included are 578 photographs of the estates, biographical data on the estate owners and their families, locations of estates using current street references and village designations, estate names, acreage, architects, architectural styles, dates of construction, landscape architects, subsequent owners, location of archival photographs of the estates, and information as to whether mansions are still extant and, if not, the dates of demolition.

 

Long Island's Prominent South Shore Families: Their Estates and their Country Homes in the Towns of Babylon and Islip

Following the same format as the critically acclaimed companion work about Long Island's North Shore families, this book documents 456 estate owners in a modified "Who's Who" format. Included are 290 photographs of the estates, biographical data on the estate owners and their families, locations of estates using current street references and village designations, estate names, architects, architectural styles, dates of construction, landscape architects, subsequent owners, location of archival photographs of the estates, and information as to whether mansions are still extant, and, if not, the dates of demolition.

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