An architectural print of the residence of Mrs. Alex T. Van Nest, Tuxedo Park, NY, 1899. William Bates, Architect.
Pierre Lorillard, one of the leading members of the Lorillard Tobacco family, bought thousands of acres of rugged, mountainous land 35 miles northwest of New York City and in 1885 developed it into Tuxedo Park, one of the first planned communities in the U.S. Within a span of only one year, Lorillard, along with his principal architect, Bruce Price and Engineer Bowditch completed the infrastructure of Tuxedo Park and created a community of shingle style “cottages” which were let to members of the Tuxedo Club. Tuxedo Park was associated with the social elite of New York, whose members rotated residences each year between New York, Newport and Tuxedo Park. It was also very well known for it’s Autumn Ball which was a social highlight each year. The tuxedo coat reputedly got it’s name there when Griswold Lorillard, Pierre Lorillard’s son, wore his frock coat the the Autumn Ball with the tails cut off after a style that he brought from England.
Dimensions: Small folio, 9″ x 13 1/2″ overall measurement.
Condition: Lower edge slightly uneven from disbinding, strip of glue residue right margin will mat out otherwise excellent condition.
Printing type: Uncolored lithograph, Boston, c. 1899.
Note: This image is digitally watermarked, but the electronic watermark does not appear on the actual print. Guaranteed authentic original antique print. Certificate of authenticity available at no extra charge upon request.