Harbor Hill: Portrait of a House Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Feb 2013
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[L]oving and detailed study.--Lucy Worsley
[L]oving and detailed study. --Lucy Worsley
[L]oving and detailed study. --Lucy Worsley"
Fully illustrated look at this marvelous house and...surrounding structures...along with an in-depth look at the families who ve called it home. "
Wilson has compiled a riveting life story of...a prominent turn-of-the-century family [and] their impressive mansion...that was intended to be remembered --Jickie Torres"
The book delves into its creation, its owner and family, its place in society--and so much more. "
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.
About the Author
Richard Guy Wilson is Commonwealth Professor at the University of Virginia. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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The house, Harbor Hill, was built for the Mackay family, daughter Ellin Mackay famous for marrying composer Irving Berlin (God Bless America and many others) and defying her father, Clarence Mackay, who was violently opposed to the marriage, and ended up disinheriting Ellin for marrying Berlin. The marriage endured, as a true love match does, until the death of Ellin. Berlin lived to be 101 I believe.
There are some charming photographs of the family but the true star of the book is the house, Harbor Hill, long since demolished, in the cause of progress. The vast beauty of the architecture will stagger you. It is indicative of workmanship that will never be seen again. Truly a wonderful book.