The Astor on 235 W 75th St on Manhattan’s Upper Westside was built by William Waldorf Astor in 1914 during what was known as “The Gilded Age.”

The Astor’s rose in power to becoming, “The Landlords of NY” in the 19th and 20th Century. They were a power force family in society, politics and business.  They became great patrons for the arts (I could have used them!)

The name “The Gilded Age,” came from the same title, by a novel in 1873 by Mark Twain with Charles Dudley Warner.  It was a term for the period of economic boom which began after the American Civil War and ended at the turn of the century.

It was an era of great wealth in America, outstanding and spectacular architecture, beautiful parks, exquisite mansions and palatial public buildings.

A time of change that New York went through, completing a transformation from the agricultural society to a flourishing industrial economy.  It forever changed and altered the life of the working class.

When I was working in NY real estate over 4 years ago, I was part of a team that had some of the exclusives to the apartments, which go from $1.750M to $7.315M.  I was able to take photos of the different perspectives viewing the fabulous staircases.

I decided to take an abstract look at these beautiful geometric shapes and give my spin on it.  If you love architecture as much as I do, here is my link to explore some more of those designs in my drawings. Many thanks for viewing and considering my art.