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In 2001, Deborah Buck opened the doors of an unconventional new retail endeavor she called Buck House. For the next 11 years, Buck House was the destination for loyal devotees of a distinctive collection of eclectic furniture, art and decorative objects – a salon for the cognoscenti.  A successful artist and design entrepreneur, Buck launched a series of bi-monthly theatrically-inspired window installations featuring a parade of feisty, fearless, fictional female characters that set the stage for the retail adventures happening inside. Buck and her team carefully curated and crafted the exquisitely detailed vignettes. The street-front window was a compact 6 ft. by 6 ft. jewel-box that the Buck House crew used to produce the larger-than-life profiles of these particularly worldly women. The Windows of Buck House presents 22 of the Buck House window installations and the characters who inhabited them.  May 2014.

In Great Houses of New York, Volume 2, Michael Kathrens continues to explore the most elegant New York City town houses, built for the city’s business and social elite between 1880 and 1940. Released in 2005, the first volume profiled 43 important houses, offering a rare and captivating glimpse into a time of unprecedented architectural and social development of the city. Great Houses of New York, Volume 2, documents another 37 structures—both celebrated and less well-known—completing the survey of the city’s most exclusive addresses of the Gilded Age.

Houses of the Hamptons 1880-1930  leads the reader on a tour of a bygone era when couples in white flannel played tennis or croquet on verdant lawns or when America’s aristocracy flocked to watch the students of William Merritt Chase’s Shinnecock Art School at their paintings. The revised edition features 4 additional chapters and new color photography. 
Great Houses of New York, 1880-1940. Volume 2
Great Houses of New York, Volume 1, 1880--1930. 2nd edition.
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