America's Castles (1993) "Over half a million cubic feet of marble," "nearly 100 stained-glass windows," "Baccarat crystal chandeliers," "a medieval banquet hall with 70-foot arched ceilings" — after… Documentary
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America's Castles (1993)

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''Over half a million cubic feet of marble,'' ''nearly 100 stained-glass windows,'' ''Baccarat crystal chandeliers,'' ''a medieval banquet hall with 70-foot arched ceilings'' — after 90 minutes of this, your eyes glaze over from the flash and immensity of these American attempts to ape European nobility. Only slightly less smarmy than Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, America's Castles' video tour of the Gilded Age palaces of the Vanderbilts and their ilk makes you want to seek refuge in a log cabin.

Originally posted Apr 22, 1994 Published in issue #219 Apr 22, 1994 Order article reprints