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Harbor Hill: Portrait of a House [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Richard Guy Wilson , Malcolm Hillgartner
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A "palace" ruled by a "queen", Harbor Hill on Long Island, was commissioned by Katherine Duer Mackay, wife of one of the country's wealthiest men. The mansion, along with its magnificent furnishings, art and gardens, and the owners' striving, hubris and ultimate failure are the dramatis personae of this saga. Harbor Hill's story includes elements of farce and tragedy: in a sense an American portrait.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143325056X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433250569
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Wilson turns this chronicle of what reporters at the time called 'Heartbreak House' into a page-turner .entertaining, enlightening cautionary tale. --Eve Kahn" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars MacKay 27 Jan 2013
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Sailed on the J W MacKay was always interested in the family this book is fantastic Sham about the ending
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4.0 out of 5 stars HARBOR HILL 9 April 2008
By Shannon Deason - Published on Amazon.com
Harbor Hill was one of the most spectacular mansions ever built in America. Designed by the iconic Stanford White and built to embody the MacKays desire to accend to the pinacle of NYC society. This book charts the rise of the MacKays and their ultimate demise, along with the similar fate of this great house. The mistress of the house was a real peice of work, but this beautiful showplace was really her creation, she knew what she wanted and Stanford White gave it to her, with Mr. MacKay's money of course. The book is well researched and it's an interesting read and the images are first rate. Honestly, it's tragic that this house no longer survives, you just wonder what kind of philstine could tear something like this down, unfortunitely this being America and not Europe, none of us should be surprised it was so uncerimoniously destroyed. Harbor Hills fate closely resembles the great Philadelphia mansion, Whitehall, and the MacKays are more than a bit similiar to the Stotesbury's, both thought they built their great estates to last for centuries and instead they barely outlived them..when you see the kind of grand mansions built today in places like Bel Air and Palm Beach, you can't help but notice how inferior they are in comparison to the great Gilded Age mansions like Harbor Hill, it's a shame we dont have more respect for beautiful architecture of the past, we inherited so much from the Europeans, but that unfortunitely was not one of them...too bad for Harbor Hill, now just a ghost, haunting old sepia stained images.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, someone documents this gem !! 1 Nov 2009
By Peter T. Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
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Publisher W. W. Norton is to be complimented for taking a chance in publishing this book. Unlike more famous estates still standing, Harbor Hill is long gone and was not attached to a famous family like Hearst or Vanderbilt. But what a place it was !! In its day it was considered one of the wonders of the Gilded Age. Sadly it did not survive long. Yet here it's beautifully restored with outstanding photos of the house, grounds and family who built it. As you know from my other reviews, I'm a fan of these kinds of books and own many. So I judge accordingly. Trust me, this is a 'must have' for anyone interested in this subject. When it came out I bought it sight unseen since I knew it was rare that this house would have its own volume. I was certainly glad I did.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Harbor Hill: a reader's opinion 31 May 2008
By Stephen C. Erskine - Published on Amazon.com
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Harbor Hill: Portrait of a house deals with one of the most important private homes built in America's "gilded age." Both the family involved, and the architect, provide the meat for a good story. Unfortunately, the result is a dry review of the details. Perhaps there are few surviving photographs of the home's interior, but too few are included to gain a good picture of the interior design and furnishings. In the end, the book is something of a disappointment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars harbor hill book 18 April 2008
By Lynne Denis - Published on Amazon.com
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Gave as gift and person who received it absolutely loves it. She could not put the book down and we have ordered another copy to give as gift to somene else! Very well written and immensely interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HARBOR HILL 20 April 2008
By D. C. Hunter - Published on Amazon.com
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