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Gary Lawrance Illuminates Houses of the Hamptons on May 23

This Saturday, May 23, Gary Lawrance, co-author of the bestselling book Houses of the Hamptons, 1880-1930 will be giving an illustrated presentation about some of the great mansions of the Hamptons from the Gilded Age.

Featured mansions include Wooldon Manor, the home of Jesse Woolworth Donahue, Black Point, the H. H. Rogers Mansion, Bayberry Land, The Duponts Chestertown House, Villa Mille Fiore, Red Maples and The Orchard, one of architect Stanford White’s last great commissions. The talk will also give a brief history of the founding of the summer colony.

Lawrance will be speaking at Mill Neck Manor, also known as Sefton Manor, the site of the 2015 Long Island Designers’ Showcase, at 34 Frost Mill Road, Mill Neck in Nassau County on the North Shore of Long Island, near Oyster Bay. Fans of architecture, interior design, art, history and real estate can make a day out of it and enjoy touring the “Signs of Spring” Designers’ Showcase before attending Lawrance’s talk. Visit for more information about the Designers’ Showcase.

Stanford White's Music Room at The Orchard
Stanford White’s Music Room at The Orchard

For those who cannot attend but would like to know more about these iconic Hamptons homes from the Gilded Age, pick up a copy of Lawrance’s book, Houses of the Hamptons, 1880 -1930 (Acanthus Press), co-written with Anne Surchin, which is available at the Acanthus Press website,, at local bookstores and on

Lawrance’s blog, Mansions of the Guilded Age, is also an excellent and consistently updated source for information on the subject.

Wooldon Manor is the most expensive residence listed on the Hamptons real estate market.
Wooldon Manor in Southampton. Photo credit: Chris Foster
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