The House the Rockefellers Built : A Tale of Money, Taste, and Power in Twentieth-Century America
One hundred years ago America's richest man established a dynastic seat, the granite-clad Kykuit, high above the Hudson River. John D. Rockefeller, who detested ostentation, had something simple in mind--at least until his son John Jr. and his charming wife, Abby, injected classical taste and a spirit of noblesse oblige into the equation. Built to honor the senior Rockefeller, the house would also become the place above all others that anchored the family's memories and sense of itself.
With memorable skill and insight, the authors take us inside the house and the family to observe how each new generation, often sharply at odds with one another, left its distinctive mark on the place.
- Paperback | 352 pages
- 155 x 226 x 21mm | 544g
- 05 Aug 2008
- Holt McDougal
- New York
- Illustrations; Plates, black and white; Frontispiece
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"The creation of a house is not unlike the raising of a child. Lee and Robert Dalzell have brilliantly brought to life the complexities, constraints, and compromises that underlie the drama surrounding the building of Kykuit and have continued the story through the years that followed with equal finesse." --Pauline C Metcalf, author of Ogden Codman and the Decoration of Houses
"[The authors] have shed welcome light on the endlessly fascinating subject of Americans and wealth, or, more precisely, the uneasiness of Americans with wealth, even those who possess it . . . [W]atching the fight over building [the Rockefellers'] dream house, so well told by the Dalzells, you see the anxieties that dogged their every step." --Newsweek
About Robert F Dalzell, JR.
Lee Baldwin Dalzell was for many years the head of the Reference Department at the Williams College Library. The two collaborated on George Washington's Mount Vernon: At Home in Revolutionary America.