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‘The Gilded Age Houses & Gardens of the Hamptons’ Webinar

July 16 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Can’t make it live? Register and get access to the full replay for one week!
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What began as a tiny cluster of settlements established by Puritans who were fleeing the more restrictive towns to the north, had evolved by the late 19th century into one of America’s premier resort communities for New York’s wealthiest. This is the story of the mansions and gardens of the Hamptons between 1880 and 1930, and the dozens of elite families in New York and New England society who made the area their summer playground.

Join New York Adventure Club for a digital exploration of the great summer resort homes that transformed the Hamptons — often referred to as the “American Riviera” — into one of the world’s premier collections of glamour, luxury, and architectural achievement.

Led by historian Gary Lawrance, our virtual showcase of the incredible properties of the Hamptons during the Gilded Age will include:

  • A historical overview of the Hamptons and why it became the summer destination for some of America’s richest and most prominent families by the late 19th century
  • A glimpse into the families who called the Hamptons their (summer) home at the turn of the century, and their world of leisured, cultured existence — one that has all but vanished from the modern world
  • A deep dive into the Hamptons’ most famous estates, including Wooldon Manor (the home of Jesse Woolworth Donahue), Black Point (the H. H. Rogers mansion), and The Orchard (one of architect Stanford White’s last great commissions)
  • A special look at Grey Gardens, from the early history of this East Hampton home belonging to the Beale Family to insider photos and stories from the 2017 tag sale
  • Archival photographs showcasing houses and gardens designed by some of the country’s greatest architectural figures and firms, such as Cross & Cross, John Russell Pope, and Leroy P. Ward

Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Gary — any and all questions about the Hamptons are welcomed and encouraged!

Can’t make it live? Don’t worry, you’ll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually!

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***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week

About Gary

Architect, Author, and Historian Gary Lawrance is an architect from Stony Brook, New York. His firm, Lawrance Architectural Presentations, provides design presentations, architectural models, digital renderings, and design development services to architects, landscape architects and interior designers.

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 groups, Mansions of the Gilded Age & The Gilded Age Society with over 160,000 members combined. Mr. Lawrance also manages two equally popular Instagram accounts, Mansions of the Gilded Age & The Gilded Age Society.


“So much fascinating information – Gary’s presentation was entertaining & well paced – I came away with exactly what I had hoped to discover.” -Mary

“Gary was very knowledgeable and had a calm demeanor. The pace covered a lot without feeling rushed.” -Jessica

“I liked everything – he is so knowledgeable, but down to earth and conversational. The slides were wonderful. I’ll look for the book. Hope he does more events.” Patricia

“Very informative, loved the slide presentation and there was ample time for Q&A at the end. Gary is a fantastic presenter and I truly enjoyed listening to him speak about the architectural history and personal history of the homes.” -Andrea

“Speaker was engaged, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and stayed late to answer everyone’s questions. Love that he provided resources for further self-education” -Katherine

“Well researched details by the presenter! Great selection of houses with great history and lore about the owners and builders. Finally realized the early interest in the Gold Coast was due to the convenience of taking your boat in to Wall Street.” -Corinne

“The chance to hear Gary talk about mansions of the Gilded Age – an interest of mine. I heard him speak at Lyndhurst and was WOWED!!! I also have his beautiful book and love reading it and looking at it. Please schedule him again. Thank you for having such a broad range of historical topics /webinars about NY! I really enjoy them!” -Ann

“It’s very interesting topic and the instructor is well knowledgeable” -Emily

“I liked the history and development of the area. Also, seeing the houses and their part in the history.” -Ben

“Moved at a good pace while covering lots of material. Interesting learning the history of the families, homes and their fate.” -Dena

“I liked learnings about the old houses – and gardens – and the people who built them!” -Dale

“The presenter’s breadth of knowledge is obvious. He is understated and funny.” -Lynn

“The presenter, Gary Lawrance has a passion for his subject and it is reflected in his presentation. The explanation of portraits and furnishings, the colorized postcards and the personal photographs bring life to the topic. I enjoyed the “then and now” photo of “Four Fountains” Thank Gary for pointing out details in his pictures that the viewers might not see on our own.” -Leslie

“Presenter was clearly knowledgeable. I appreciated getting to know more about houses and properties I’d often passed. I also appreciated the presenter’s anecdotes.” -Richard

“Good photos, very nicely prepared visual presentation. Excellent balance between houses and gardens, which I appreciate.” -Richard

“I very much enjoyed Gary’s lecture and the pictures he showed were extremely interesting.” -William

“Well organized and a good combination of architectural info and social/cultural info.” -Lee

“How knowledgeable Gary is about the homes, very interesting!” -Julie

“I liked the photos and personal stories plus book recommendations.” -Eileen

“Great photos and his intimate knowledge and passion clearly expressed.” – Betsy

“Like learning about the Hamptons in the gilded age.” -Kathryn

“I enjoyed learning about the history of the Hamptons and its beautiful homes.” -Bill

“Very knowledgeable lecturer with personal stories added to the history. Many photos.” -Louise

“So interesting and educational!” -Jessica

“Gary makes every event he does so enjoyable. Definitely a favorite host! Such wonderfully fun stories too!” -Jill

“Topics that interests me and lecture was super knowledgeable, great banter and fun details!” -Natalie

“I find these webinars interesting and enjoy them very much.” -Lennie

“Gary’s knowledge and personal experiences at places he’s visited add so much to these topics.” -Lindley

“I loved seeing all the old photos and hearing the family histories.” -Sarah


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