Tuesday Talk on Zoom – “America’s Riviera: Gilded Age Houses & Gardens of the Hamptons”

August 3, 2021 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Architect, author and historian Gary Lawrance will give a visual presentation on “America’s Riviera: Gilded Age Houses & Gardens of the Hamptons” on Zoom. Lawrance will give his talk based on his bestselling book, Houses of the Hamptons 1880 – 1930, on August 3 at 4:00 pm as part of the museum’s summer series of Tuesday Talks.

Taking up fifty miles of the south shore of Long Island and located eighty miles east of New York City, the Hamptons encompasses the villages of Westhampton Beach. East Hampton, Bridgehampton and Southhampton. Originally settled by Puritans, the villages were discovered in the late 19th century by artists and the fashionably rich that enjoyed summer life at the beach, artistic endeavors and social gatherings. Ha

With an extensive background in Gilded Age history, Lawrance will explore The Hamptons as a premier resort known to this day for its glamour, luxury and architectural achievement. Less enamored with the grandeur of Newport, wealthy Hamptonites built summer places of exceptional variety, including Wooldon Manor, a 58-room English Tudor colossus; Red Maples, of Beaux-Arts opulence; Villa Mille Fiore, modeled after Rome’s Villa de Medici; The Orchard, a Stanford White commission; Chestertown House, with a renowned du Pont collection of early American antiques.  These are just a few of the estates that Lawrance will present, taken from his book of more than thirty houses.

Lawrance frequently lectures on Gilded Age architecture, landscapes and society for historical, garden, preservation and arts organizations, locally and nationally.  He also annually curates a symposium on the Gilded Age, held at Lyndhurst in Tarrytown, NY, and is currently vice-president of the American Country House Foundation based in NYC.

Lawrance has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, New York Social Daily and has written for Architectural Digest, Quest magazine, as well as for his Mansions of the Gilded Age blog.  He has founded four popular Facebook and Instagram media sites, Mansions of the Gilded Age and The Gilded Age Society with a combined following of over 300,000.

The admission for the Lawrance talk is $20 per person and is available on Zoom only. To order visit https://ventfort08032021.eventbrite.com  The Summer 2021 series of Tuesday Talks is sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.