The Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America

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Exploring NoHo: the Neighborhood Where Manhattan’s Gilded Age Began

May 19, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Lafayette Place was the premier address for the leading families of antebellum New York, when “Society” transitioned from staid brownstone houses on Washington Square to the Gilded Age mansions along Fifth Avenue. Nearby Bond and Great Jones Streets were also favored addresses. Michael Rayhill, who focused on the area during his graduate studies, will lead our tour and share information not only about architectural
history and design but also the social and often intertwined history of the privileged families who once resided in the vicinity, including the Astors, Delanos, Gardiners, Langdons, Livingstons and Wards—to name a few. The tour will illustrate how the radical changes that took place after the Civil War led to the demise of this  once quiet and genteel neighborhood. We will be allowed into living quarters of a building on Colonnade Row, completed in 1833.



This tour is limited to 25 Participants
FEES: $25 for Victorian Society New York Members, $35 for others
Paid reservations must be received by Monday, May 14



Participants in our educational tours must be in excellent health. They must be able to participate safely in the activities involved and keep pace with the group. Sites we visit may have challenging stairs or steep or rocky hills. If you have any doubt about your ability to participate fully due to health conditions or disabilities, contact Victorian Society New York at or (212) 886-3742. Victorian Society New York reserves the right to decline to accept or refuse to retain any person as a member of our tours at any time.


May 19, 2018
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


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