Architecture of the Gilded Age

Date: May 19, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location: Blairsden, 30 Blair Drive, Peapack, NJ
Fee: $125 / SOLD OUT

Architecture of the Gilded Age – A Signature Event to benefit The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills.

Guests will step into the grandeur of Blairsden, a breathtaking example of Beaux-Arts architecture that will transport them to a bygone era of elegance and opulence. Built from 1897 to 1903 for Clinton Ledyard Blair, a visionary investment banker and founder of Blair and Company, this magnificent home was designed by the renowned Gilded Age architects Carrère and Hastings. Their impressive portfolio includes iconic landmarks such as the Frick Mansion in New York and the New York Public Library.

Renowned author Phillip James Dodd will enlighten guests on the splendor and allure of the Beaux-Arts architecture in New York and New Jersey.  With a wealth of knowledge and a passion for classical and traditional architecture, Mr. Dodd is sure to captivate and inspire.

Born in the United Kingdom and educated at the prestigious Prince of Wales’ Institute of Architecture in London, Mr. Dodd brings a unique perspective to the world of architecture. As a Fellow Emeritus of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, he is a respected authority in his field. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to lunch and learn at the enchanting Blairsden, where the spirit of “Downton Abbey” and “The Gilded Age” awaits.

Phillip James Dodd

Following Phillip James Dodd’s presentation and lunch, architectural and local historian W. Barry Thomson will lead guests on a tour of the mansion, as well as the elaborate hilltop landscape. The tour will include large archival photographs of the Blairsden estate and mansion as Thomson describes a typical day in the life of a Blair family guest.

W. Barry Thomson
Photo Credit: Carl Bellavia.