They were the royal residences of the American aristocracy: lavish mansions built by railroad barons, oil tycoons, industrialists and financiers. Featuring stunning works of art and lavish ... See full summary »
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Joe van Riper Joe van Riper ...  Narrator / ... 9 episodes, 1995-1996
Richard Guy Wilson Richard Guy Wilson ...  Himself - Architectural Historian / ... 6 episodes, 1995-1996
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They were the royal residences of the American aristocracy: lavish mansions built by railroad barons, oil tycoons, industrialists and financiers. Featuring stunning works of art and lavish furnishings made from the finest rare woods and marbles from around the world, they were sprawling monuments to status and power and a life of luxury that is difficult for most of us to imagine.

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USA

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English

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1994 (USA) See more »

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Cinetel Productions See more »
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Color
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Enjoyable tours of turn of the 20th century homes of the rich
16 October 2014 | by tomcat777See all my reviews

I fondly reflect back on this series which ran from 1994-1998 or 1999. It included tours of homes of the rich in the early 1900's during the so-called "gilded age". Includes stories of the builders / owners and photos of some of those involved in their construction. It also provides input on the subsequent and current uses of the homes. Also included is commentary from well-known architects and home designers on the home designs to aid in understanding how they were built, etc. This series also serves as an invitation to visit some of the homes which are currently still existing.

Plan to purchase the video set to keep.


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