Mansions of the Gilded Age is creating Architectural Models and Renderings
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It has has always been my dream to build architectural models of famous, lost, or even existing Mansions of the Gilded Age.

Building a model of a Gilded Age mansion is a labor of love, but there are expenses along the way.
Your Patreon contribution helps with:
  • Materials
  • Drafting
  • Blueprinting
  • Expeditions to document the current sites (if possible)
  • Research of archival information

So please consider joining me on this adventure of building the great Mansions of the Gilded Age... if only in miniature.




About Me

My name is Gary Lawrance from Stony Brook, New York. I am an architect who has specialized in building architectural models for architects and designers of new residences that want to recreate with modern updates the look of lost or existing examples of the magnificent mansions of the past. Over the years I have had the opportunity to create a few models of historic, ”Gilded Age Mansions”. These were for private homes, conference centers, religious institutions and private clubs.

Since the publication of my book, “Houses of the Hamptons, 1880-1930” co-authored with Anne Surchin in 2007 and revised in 2013, I have been amazed at how much interest there has been in the historic homes of the era. While promoting the Hamptons book, I also created social media platforms on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, that shared my love of Gilded Age architecture, history and social life. My social media followers now number over 250,000 and continue to grow every day.

Tiers
Tuscan Contributor
$1 or more per month
• Regular postings of the current mansion model project.
Doric Contributor
$5 or more per month
Access to everything at the Tuscan Contributor level, PLUS:


• See the progress of the mansion model via additional photos, videos and interesting links.


• Gain access to insights and historical information well beyond the Mansions of the Gilded Age on social media, with comprehensive updates about the building, the families and the culture. 

Ionic Contributor
$10 or more per month
Access to everything at the Tuscan and Doric Contributor level, PLUS:


• View the latest 3D computer renderings created of the current mansion project.


• "Behind The Scenes" posts showing the model making process of the current project


• Additional Historic posts that include stories and added photos of current and future projects

Corinthian Contributor
$25 or more per month
Access to everything at the Tuscan, Doric and Ionic Contributor level, PLUS:


• A signed copy of "Houses of the Hamptons, 1880-1930" autographed by co-author Gary Lawrance. Must be a Corinthian contributor for four months and within the United States to receive book. Outside the U.S., additional shipping rates may apply.


• Highly-detailed 3D rendered fly-overs of the current mansion.


• Personalized recommendations for Gilded Age-related books, film and historic homes that are open to the public.

Goals
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For my first model I would like to create the palatial Long Island mansion called "Harbor Hill".

Designed by famed architect Stanford White for the Clarence Mackay family in 1901 it was once one of the largest and famous mansions and estates in America. Sadly it only had a lifespan of about 40 years, then fell to ruin, vandalism and eventual demolition. I will tell more about this amazing mansion in my first post.
For those that contribute depending on what level you choose, you will see how one goes about starting an architectural model, the first pieces of paper assembled to give the volume and progress photos of the structure and details such as windows, doors, chimneys, columns, etc.
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It has has always been my dream to build architectural models of famous, lost, or even existing Mansions of the Gilded Age.

Building a model of a Gilded Age mansion is a labor of love, but there are expenses along the way.
Your Patreon contribution helps with:
  • Materials
  • Drafting
  • Blueprinting
  • Expeditions to document the current sites (if possible)
  • Research of archival information

So please consider joining me on this adventure of building the great Mansions of the Gilded Age... if only in miniature.




About Me

My name is Gary Lawrance from Stony Brook, New York. I am an architect who has specialized in building architectural models for architects and designers of new residences that want to recreate with modern updates the look of lost or existing examples of the magnificent mansions of the past. Over the years I have had the opportunity to create a few models of historic, ”Gilded Age Mansions”. These were for private homes, conference centers, religious institutions and private clubs.

Since the publication of my book, “Houses of the Hamptons, 1880-1930” co-authored with Anne Surchin in 2007 and revised in 2013, I have been amazed at how much interest there has been in the historic homes of the era. While promoting the Hamptons book, I also created social media platforms on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, that shared my love of Gilded Age architecture, history and social life. My social media followers now number over 250,000 and continue to grow every day.

Recent posts by Mansions of the Gilded Age

Tiers
Tuscan Contributor
$1 or more per month
• Regular postings of the current mansion model project.
Doric Contributor
$5 or more per month
Access to everything at the Tuscan Contributor level, PLUS:


• See the progress of the mansion model via additional photos, videos and interesting links.


• Gain access to insights and historical information well beyond the Mansions of the Gilded Age on social media, with comprehensive updates about the building, the families and the culture. 

Ionic Contributor
$10 or more per month
Access to everything at the Tuscan and Doric Contributor level, PLUS:


• View the latest 3D computer renderings created of the current mansion project.


• "Behind The Scenes" posts showing the model making process of the current project


• Additional Historic posts that include stories and added photos of current and future projects

Corinthian Contributor
$25 or more per month
Access to everything at the Tuscan, Doric and Ionic Contributor level, PLUS:


• A signed copy of "Houses of the Hamptons, 1880-1930" autographed by co-author Gary Lawrance. Must be a Corinthian contributor for four months and within the United States to receive book. Outside the U.S., additional shipping rates may apply.


• Highly-detailed 3D rendered fly-overs of the current mansion.


• Personalized recommendations for Gilded Age-related books, film and historic homes that are open to the public.