Our first home in the Midwest is the swanky Gilded Age mansion that was known as the Marble Palace in its heyday! We're off to talk about the Nickerson house in Chicago, Illinois, where we fawn over ebonized wood, kokomo glass, and discuss solutions to the age-old problem of what to do when you're hella scared of fire, but you really dig fancy fireplaces.
We're heading down south to the Crescent City, where we'll take a closer look at a father-son pair of architects who had a hand in shaping some of New Orlean's most iconic buildings including the French Quarter's Pontalba Buildings. Gallier Jr.'s home also happens to be one of the best preserved examples of New Orleans style in the Vieux Carre, and is now a house museum open to the public. It's a little bit of Big Easy history, a little bit of post-fire architecture, and a lot of different interpretations of what Chippendale could mean.
We're heading out west to where land is plenty, and white dudes named Charles from Massachusetts can insist on being called 'Don Carlos' and still somehow be taken seriously in society! Charles Lummis was, among many things, intense (INTENSE) workaholic, prolific writer and journalist, native rights activist and historic preservationist, and also someone who built his own house out of river rock and cement and other stuff he found on his daily walks, because what else was he supposed to do while working himself up to a paralytic stroke, amirite? The resultant El Alisal, a DIY Arts and Crafts house with a river rock facade and a round tower is the striking-- if a tad precarious-- result.
A house museum up in the Bronx that's rich in Hamilton-flavored history, the Bartow Pell is a cool little piece of land that has seen pretty much all eras of New York history. We talk some history, some gardening, and ponder the proper pronunciation of 'dachshund' (fyi, we were ALL wrong).
Welcome back! Are ya ready to hear more about the Breakers? Well uh, you're gonna get it! In Part 2, we discuss Corneil Vanderbilt's marked statement against restraint, asceticism, and fire in general. Built by #legend Richard Morris Hunt, the Breakers of today is a breathtaking mansion to exquisite furnishing and decorative detail, and also maybe begs the question, "why do those dolphin statues look creepily human?"
In our inaugural episode, Deb and Mindy take a deep dive into the history of the original Breakers mansion in Newport, Rhode Island, home of tobacco scion and thoroughbred horse enthusiast and all-around snob Pierre Lorillard IV. Spoilers-- the house dies in the end.
Check out the promo for our new podcast, I Could Live Here, coming soon!