Gilded Age Mansions of Fifth Avenue Tour
Fifth Avenue Mansions Tour Overview
This tour focuses on the great mansions of Fifth Ave and their owners who constructed them as lavish displays of their wealth and status in Gilded Age New York City. The tour starts at the Frick Collection (1 East 70th Street) and ends at the Cooper-Hewitt (2 East 91th Street), the former homes of two protagonists on this tour – Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919) and Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919).
Walking Tour: Saturday, August 14th at 10 am
The term “Gilded Age” is used to refer to the period of booming economic growth in the USA in the second half of the 19th century. In New York City this is the period when robber barons like Frick and Carnegie built some of the most extravagant urban palaces the city has ever seen.
Beaux-Arts was the dominant style of architecture in this period, as the greatest American architects from Richard Morris Hunt to Stanford White to C.P.H Gilbert all studied abroad in Paris. These three architects and many others created French châteaux, Italian palazzi, Gothic castles, and Neoclassical mansions in the heart of New York City, and helped give Fifth Avenue along Central Park the cachet it still holds today, as one of the most famous residential neighborhoods in the city.
Join Bowery Boys Walks guide Emma Guest-Consales, Ph.D. for a stroll up the avenue to visit the grand residences, to see their exteriros, and to hear stories of their designers and owners.
Don’t miss this experience that takes you up one of the most famous streets in the world.
- The Frick Collection once the private residence of Henry Clay Frick, now one of the city’s greatest art museums.
- The James B. Duke House (today NYU Institute of Fine Arts) modeled after a French château, this was the home of Doris Duke, the “richest girl in the world.”
- The Payne Whitney House (today Cultural Services, Embassy of France) where a statue by the teenaged Michelangelo was rediscovered in the 1990s.
- The home of Otto Kahn one of the most famous bon vivant of the 1920s who may have been the inspiration for “Mr. Monopoly.”
- The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Smithsonian Institution, the former home of Andrew Carnegie, who described the 64-room mansion as “modest and plain.”
Person – Walking Tour: $40.00 / Virtual Tour: $20.00
(Best suited for adults and most children over 8 years old.)
Please contact us to set up a private tour!
Walking Tour: 2 hours
Virtual tour: 90 minutes with a Q&A
Please note: We will send you the meeting place for walking tours. For virtual tours, we will send you a Zoom link once you sign up.
Emma Guest-Consales, Ph.D. is an experienced guide, lecturer, and author who has taught art and architectural history in New York City for more than fifteen years. (read more)