Catch Glenview Historic Home in The Gilded Age on HBO
Glenview, the Museum’s Gilded Age historic home, got a close up in HBO’s much-anticipated show, The Gilded Age, which premiered January 24. From Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, The Gilded Age follows the story of Marian Brooks (Louisa Jacobson) as she moves from rural Pennsylvania to New York City. There she moves in with her old money aunts, Agnes van Rhijn (Christine Baranski) and Ada Brook (Cynthia Nixon). Soon, Marian gets wrapped up in a feud between her aunts and their new money neighbors, a railroad tycoon and his wife.
Producers for The Gilded Age wanted to accurately recreate New York in the 1880s, which led them to the Hudson River Museum and Glenview, our historic home on the National Register of Historic Places. Glenview was built in 1877 by financier John Bond Trevor, who preferred to live in comfort in the newly accessible suburbs of New York City like many other businessmen in the late nineteenth century. The home was designed by Charles W. Clinton, who was also the noteworthy designer of New York’s Seventh Regiment Armory (1880), now commonly known as the Park Avenue Armory.
Glenview serves as the home of the character of Mrs. Astor (Donna Murphy). A famed New York figure, Caroline Webster Schermerhorn, or simply “the Mrs. Astor” as she was widely known, was the most prominent American socialite of the time, and the wife of businessman, racehorse breeder, and yachtsman William Backhouse Astor Jr.
“It’s certainly a proud moment for us to share the beautiful craftsmanship and environments of Glenview in such a fine production as The Gilded Age,” said Masha Turchinsky, HRM Director and CEO. “It’s an exciting way for us to reach new audiences and bring stories of the era to life.”
The Gilded Age has been generating lots of excitement from Downton Abbey fans and buzz in the press. Read these recent articles about the show’s filming in the area:
The Rivertowns Enterprise, Mansions lend themselves to HBO’s ‘Gilded Age’
Yahoo News, HBO Series Partially Filmed In Hudson Valley
Gilded Age Glenview: Historic Home Tour
You can have your very own Gilded Age experience in Glenview, which is reopening for guided tours on February 3. Tours are offered on Thursdays & Fridays at 1pm, and Saturdays & Sundays at 1 & 3pm. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged. Purchase tickets here.
Photos: Yuliya Levit