We have to admit, we are all mesmerized by HBO’s The Gilded Age television series. Monday nights, 9pm can’t come fast enough. Whatever device you are using to enjoy this series, we are all fascinated by the storyline, as well as the exquisite costumes that keep us gagging.
As restrictions begin to loosen, everyone that was supposed to have wed in 2020 and 2021 are booking the locations for their weddings now. And if they are watching The Gilded Age, I can’t wait to see the type of extravaganza they will be producing.
Social media is at a frenzy with conversation that goes beyond the incredible struggle the Russell family is having trying to integrate into New York aristocratic society. Mrs. Russell’s wardrobe is one for the ages—talk about fashion icon—she simply owns it. Her determination and drive match what any man of that period is expected to have if they are to claim their place in society.
The Voice of Authority
I had the honor of conversing with the iconic Gary Lawrance, founder of Gary Lawrence Architect, and Mansions Of The Gilded Age. Mr. Lawrance is a walking historian when it comes to this rich history. You can go on for hours talking to him about the history of the rise of America’s wealthiest families.
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). Lecturing on the lost architecture of the Gilded Age for over twenty years, Mr. Lawrance has curated a symposium on the Gilded Age, held at Lyndhurst Castle in Tarrytown, New York from 2016 thru 2019. Mr. Lawrance is currently working on his next book, “Houses of Palm Beach, 1900-1950”.
Mr. Lawrance’s work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Hamptons Cottages & Gardens, Newsday, New York Social Diary, Southampton Press, and more.
What will watching this show do for you other than serve as one of the best forms of entertainment currently on tv? It will create visually beautiful inspiration for your next soiree: your wedding.
It will also make you do homework you didn’t want to do when you were in school. Gary was so generous to share some of the most amazing images and we had to share them with you all.
Tune-in to watch us converse with Gary, as he enlightens us about some of his favorite places and shares his perspective. “The Gilded Age” episodes premiere every Monday at 9pm. Join us as we watch the saga unfold.
Or you might just catch one of our editors strolling along the legendary 5th Avenue enjoying New York City as well as Upstate New York at one of those iconic mansions.