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640 Fifth Ave. | New York, NY. Designed by John B. Snook and decorator C. B. Atwood for William H. Vanderbilt, the "twin mansions" took up the entire block. Wm occupied the southern half; two of his daughters the northern half. Wm.'s home was left to his son George W. Vanderbilt but because G. W. had no sons, it passed to Cornelius Vanderbilt III, eldest son of Cornelius Vanderbilt II, who had been disinherited by his father. Mrs. C.V. II (Grace Wilson) lived there until 1944. Since demolished.
The Vanderbilts lived formally in their castles and entertained lavishly. Although Alva gave better parties, Alice was considered the more respected matron. But none of this lasted long because one thing shattered the Vanderbilt's perfect life, and her name was Grace Wilson. Grace Wilson Of The Marrying Wilsons