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        The Gilded Age: Stanford White and Architecture for the Elite

        This series of videos from Treasures of New York: Stanford White presents the Gilded Age, an era of great wealth and remarkable architecture. Through video, discussion questions, and classroom activities, students explore how architecture, literature, and art reflect the issues and concerns of the time period, and how the era still resonates today.

        The Gilded Age

        This video segment explores the emergence of the Gilded Age in the United States, the forty year period following the end of the Civil War marked by extreme economic disparity, when the newly rich expressed themselves through architecture, lavish parties, and other ostentatious displays of wealth.

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        Stanford White: Architect for the Elite

        This video outlines the rise of Stanford White and his architecture firm, McKim, Mead & White, as they became the “impresarios” of the newly rich in New York. Wealthy New Yorkers enlisted White to help shape their self-image through impressive European-style architecture.

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