The Vanderbilt’s popular Living History tours will return on Memorial Day weekend, on Saturday, May 25. Tours run through Sunday, September 1.
This summer it’s 1939 in the Mansion. Guides in costume as family members and household staff tell stories of the Vanderbilt family and its famous guests.
Over the years, Rosamond and William Vanderbilt’s guests included William’s sister Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan, New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, aviator Charles Lindbergh, publisher Conde Nast and jeweler Pierre Cartier.
Among the characters portrayed by the Mansion guides will be Mayor LaGuardia; Millicent Hearst (wife of newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst); Whitney Warren of Warren & Wetmore Architects, who designed the Vanderbilt Mansion and Grand Central Terminal; the Duchess of Windsor; and William Vanderbilt’s siblings, Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan and Harold Vanderbilt, an expert on contract bridge and winner of the America’s Cup.