June 7 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Support Bartow-Pell by joining us on the pebble court for our annual Garden Luncheon including a talk by author and architect, Phillip James Dodd about New York during the Gilded Age.

The Gilded Age, also referred to as the American Renaissance, marks the first time that the titans of American finance and industry had more wealth than their European counterparts. As the center of this dynamic economy, New York City attracted immigrant workers and millionaires alike. It was not enough for the self-appointed elite to just build their own grand chateaus and palazzos along Fifth Avenue, as collectively they dreamed of creating a new metropolis to rival the great cultural capitals of London, Paris and Rome. To flaunt their newly acquired wealth they needed an architecture dripping in embellishment and historical reference.  Enter the Beaux-Arts.

About the author: Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Phillip James Dodd is an alumnus of the Prince of Wales’ Institute of Architecture in London, has a Masters in architecture from the University of Notre Dame, and an undergraduate Degree in Architecture from the Manchester School of Architecture. He moved to America more than twenty years ago, and after training with some of the most recognized classical architecture firms in the country founded his design firm Phillip James Dodd: Bespoke Residential Design LLC in 2015. Phillip’s designs can be found in New York, Greenwich, Palm Beach, and as far as away as Bangalore, India. He is a Fellow Emeritus of The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, and serves as a commissioner on The Town of Greenwich Historic District Commission. In 2022 he was the recipient of the prestigious Elizabeth L. and John H. Schuler Architectural Award, and was named as one of the Top 50 Coastal Architects by Ocean Home magazine. Phillip is also the author of several best-selling books – The Art of Classical Details: Theory, Design & Craftsmanship (2013); An Ideal Collaboration (2015); The Classical American House (2017); and An American Renaissance: Beaux-Arts Architecture on New York City (2021). His most recent volume on the architecture of the Gilded Age includes a foreword by Julian Fellowes (the acclaimed creator of Downton Abbey and the HBO series The Gilded Age), and has been featured in Architectural Digest, The Associated Press, The New Criterion, Washington Post, and World of Interiors.