America's Castles

America's Castles

The Empire Estates

DVD - 2008
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The Hudson Valley is rich with architectural masterpieces from the golden age of American wealth. But in the wilds of the New York countryside, some of these mansions took on flights of fancy. Washington Irving created some of America's most enduring works of fiction, and one of the most popular of all the Hudson Valley mansions, Sunnyside. Frederic Church was the most popular painter of his time, and the magnificent Olana shows the influence of an artist. This Persian-styled mansion is a polychromatic fantasy with Turkish carpets, Italian staircases and a dramatic exterior fashioned from multi-colored bricks, tiles and rough-hewn stone. A true castle fit for American royalty, Mills Mansion required 24 servants to maintain the Italian marble floors, 17th century Flemish tapestries, and massive collection of Louis XIV and XVI furniture in 64 rooms.
Publisher: New York : A & E Home Video : Distributed by New Video Group, ©2008, ©1996
Branch Call Number: 7.288 Am
Description: 1 videodisc (50 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: MPAA rating: Not rated

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