Photo view looking along 5th Ave. showing W.H. Vanderbilt's house (1879-1881) -- the near one designed after William Morris Hunt by Herter Brothers and Charles B. Atwood, architects; and then W.K. Vanderbilt's house 660 Fifth Avenue (1877-1881), designed by Richard Morris Hunt, architect.
Charles McKim would declare Hunt's design as the first complete expression of the Beaux-arts style in America.
This was Alva Vanderbilt's, William's wife, creative idea to outshine New York's society. They would then build a "summer cottages" at Newport R.I.
By: Natasha Wallace
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