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

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:

  • 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
  • glimpse into the privileged 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)
  • 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!

See you there, virtually! $10.

*Once registered, you will receive a separate, automated email containing the link to join this webinar

**For the best possible viewing experience, please ensure you’re using the latest version of your internet browser — Google Chrome is the most compatible. Exact technical requirements and a webinar user guide will be shared in the automated confirmation email upon registration.

***A full replay will be available after the experience for all registered guests


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.











When: Tue., Jul. 28, 2020 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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:

  • 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
  • glimpse into the privileged 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)
  • 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!

See you there, virtually! $10.

*Once registered, you will receive a separate, automated email containing the link to join this webinar

**For the best possible viewing experience, please ensure you’re using the latest version of your internet browser — Google Chrome is the most compatible. Exact technical requirements and a webinar user guide will be shared in the automated confirmation email upon registration.

***A full replay will be available after the experience for all registered guests


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.

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