NYC, Riverside Mansion Under Construction, 1905 - stock photo
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NYC, Riverside Mansion Under Construction, 1905

Entitled: "Riverside Drive - 'On the Hudson', the French Renaissance style mansion of C.M. Schwab: rear view during construction." The Charles M. Schwab House (also called Riverside) was an extravagant, 75 room mansion located on Riverside Drive between West 73rd and West 74th Streets, on the Upper West Side in New York City. It was constructed for steel magnate Charles M. Schwab and was the grandest and most ambitious house ever built on the island of Manhattan. The home was considered by many to be the classic example of a "white elephant", as it was built on the "wrong" side of Central Park away from the more fashionable Upper East Side. It took four years to build the home (1902-1906) at a cost of six million dollars. By 1947 the house was empty and in 1948 it was replaced by a large, red-brick apartment complex, called the "Schwab House." The Gilded Age mansions were built in the United States in a short historic period spanning between the 1870s until about 1900. The complete lack of personal income tax made it possible for the very rich to build mansions designed by prominent architects of its day and decorated with antiquities, furnitures, collectibles and works of art, many imported from Europe. Photograph credited to the architect Maurice Hébert, 1905.

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4500 x 3310 pixels

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15 x 11 inches / 38 x 28 cm

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