New York City’s Great Estates

Casey de Pont | December 8, 2014

Although Manhattan is a bit too small for a sprawling estate like Downton Abbey, there was certainly no shortage of urban glamor during the Gilded Age. Wealthy industrialists like the Vanderbilts, Astors and Rockefellers engaged each other in costly games of one-upmanship by building large and elaborate mansions on 5th Avenue’s “Millionaire’s Row.” Sadly, few of the original structures remain today, but photos from the era manage to capture much of their elegance.

Click on the markers below to learn about some of Manhattan’s most opulent homes.