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Alva Vanderbilt Belmont marked the opening of her Chinese Tea House at Marble House in 1914 with a Chinese Ball. Description from pinterest.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

Alva Vanderbilt Belmont marked the opening of her Chinese Tea House at Marble House in 1914 with a Chinese Ball. Description from pinterest.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

680 & 684 Fifth Ave Residences |  684 Fifth Ave was built as wedding gift of William H. Vanderbilt for his daughter Florence and her husband Hamilton Twombly. The other mansion (left) at 680 was the home of his daughter Eliza Osgood Vanderbilt Webb and her husband, Dr. William Seward Webb.

680 & 684 Fifth Ave Residences | 684 Fifth Ave was built as wedding gift of William H. Vanderbilt for his daughter Florence and her husband Hamilton Twombly. The other mansion (left) at 680 was the home of his daughter Eliza Osgood Vanderbilt Webb and her husband, Dr. William Seward Webb.

J. P. Morgan's house on Madison Avenue and 36th Street., NY, NY. (Compared to some of the Gilded Mansions, this seems rather small.)

J. P. Morgan's house on Madison Avenue and 36th Street., NY, NY. (Compared to some of the Gilded Mansions, this seems rather small.)

The "Robertson stoop" at the J. P. Morgan house, 231 Madison Avenue at 36th Street. 1937

The "Robertson stoop" at the J. P. Morgan house, 231 Madison Avenue at 36th Street. 1937

Mrs. William K. (Alva) Vanderbilt (1883), Consuelo's mother, costumed as "Venetian Renaissance Lady” for the legendary Ball that welcomed New York society to the Vanderbilt's new residence, 660 5th Ave; circumstances that earned Alva the respect of Mrs. Caroline Astor and secured the Vanderbilt's a place in the social register. NYTimes:

Mrs. William K. (Alva) Vanderbilt (1883), Consuelo's mother, costumed as "Venetian Renaissance Lady” for the legendary Ball that welcomed New York society to the Vanderbilt's new residence, 660 5th Ave; circumstances that earned Alva the respect of Mrs. Caroline Astor and secured the Vanderbilt's a place in the social register. NYTimes:

Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt II (neé Alice Claypoole Gwynne) as costumed for the infamous ball hosted by his brother and sister-in-law Mr. and Mrs. W. K. Vanderbilt,  26 March 1883. It was this ball and the social maneuvering of Mrs. W. K. Vanderbilt that earned the family a perpetual place on Mrs. Astor's List of the most elite New York families. Mr. Vanderbilt is dressed as Louis XVI and Mrs. Vanderbilt as "Electric Lights." Her costume is now among the Metropolitan Museum's…

Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt II (neé Alice Claypoole Gwynne) as costumed for the infamous ball hosted by his brother and sister-in-law Mr. and Mrs. W. K. Vanderbilt, 26 March 1883. It was this ball and the social maneuvering of Mrs. W. K. Vanderbilt that earned the family a perpetual place on Mrs. Astor's List of the most elite New York families. Mr. Vanderbilt is dressed as Louis XVI and Mrs. Vanderbilt as "Electric Lights." Her costume is now among the Metropolitan Museum's…

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