640 Fifth Ave. | The Great Hall in the Vanderbilt townhouse New York City. At center is the 9-foot malachite vase given by Emperor Nicholas I of Russia to Count Nicholas Demidoff, and acquired by William Henry Vanderbilt for this house in 1880.

640 Fifth Ave. | The Great Hall in the Vanderbilt townhouse New York City. At center is the 9-foot malachite vase given by Emperor Nicholas I of Russia to Count Nicholas Demidoff, and acquired by William Henry Vanderbilt for this house in 1880.

Henry H. Cook's 1880 massive stone mansion at 78th Street and Fifth Avenue was replaced in 1912 by the James B. Duke house.

Henry H. Cook's 1880 massive stone mansion at 78th Street and Fifth Avenue was replaced in 1912 by the James B. Duke house.

The Gould Mansion on Fifth Avenue. The Gould Family never really made it onto The 400, despite all Edith Gould's attempts. She had their grand mansion in New York City built with her husband's endless fortune, purchased the finest jewels in the world and threw the most lavish parties, all of which was in vain. She never made the list.

The Gould Mansion on Fifth Avenue. The Gould Family never really made it onto The 400, despite all Edith Gould's attempts. She had their grand mansion in New York City built with her husband's endless fortune, purchased the finest jewels in the world and threw the most lavish parties, all of which was in vain. She never made the list.

New York Yacht Club, 37 West 44th Street, Manhattan. Beaux-Arts architecture, designed by Warren and Wetmore, c.1898, opened in c.1901. They also were the architects for Grand Central Terminal. ~ This architectural beauty still stands today. {cwl}

New York Yacht Club, 37 West 44th Street, Manhattan. Beaux-Arts architecture, designed by Warren and Wetmore, c.1898, opened in c.1901. They also were the architects for Grand Central Terminal. ~ This architectural beauty still stands today. {cwl}

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