Explore #richpeopleproblems on these New York City mansion toursYou'd think it would be the most amazing thing in the world to be a wealthy human being living in a New York City mansion back in the day. There'd be someone to wait on you at all times, plenty of space for hosting lavish parties, and so much more. However, nothing in NYC comes without its hardships and inconveniences.
So tourists, whenever you're feeling down, remember that not even the rich and their mansions were untouchable. Learn about all the crap wealthy mansion owners had to deal with on a trip back in time while touring NYC's historic homes and mansions.
Simpsons World/GIPHY. Take a step back in time on NYC mansion tours and learn about the #richpeopleproblems of the past.
1. Morris-Jumel Mansion
During the Revolutionary War years, New York's slave population grew immensely. As servants for many wealthy families in the city, including the Morris family, these slaves lived in what was known as the slave quarters of the mansion. Now a museum, the Morris-Jumel mansion housed a lot of help, namely cooks, gardeners, maids, etcetera, taking up precious space in the house that could have been used for entertainment. The help has to sleep somewhere, though, right?
2. Merchant's House
Continuing on the rant about slaves living in the mansions of the wealthy, the Merchant's House was also filled with servants—Irish girl servants. These Irish girls weren't your average Janes. They were smart, strong, and well-trained, leading some of them to leave service and take up needlework. Can you imagine losing some of your best help to needle and thread?!
3. Seguine Mansion
Descendants of the Seguine family lived in the mansion until 1981, and by that time, wear and tear had taken its toll on the gorgeous property. Bought by George Burke, the mansion took five years and 60 gallons of paint to renovate. Can you imagine waiting that long to be able to live in the mansion of your dreams, moreover, the amount of brush strokes that equal 60 gallons of paint? Let the answers to those questions sink in.
4. Renee and Chaim Gross Home
Now the Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation, this house holds 200 works from Gross's extensive global art collection. Can you imagine spending an entire day just dusting pieces from an art collection? I wonder if he had a heart attack every time someone lifted a duster to clean one. Did he ever have nightmares where a work of art broke into irreparable pieces? That's some real stress right there.
5. Hamilton Grange Mansion
So many portraits and busts of Hamilton exist (and existed while the Founding Father lived) at this mansion. Don't wealthy mansion owners ever get tired of seeing depictions of themselves everywhere they turn? Self-love in the form of art can only be so exciting the first couple of times.
6. Frick House
Now known as the Frick Collection, the Frick House in Manhattan might not have existed if it weren't for Andrew Carnegie. Henry Frick started spending less time in Pittsburgh due to the dissolution of his partnership with Carnegie, so he started establishing properties elsewhere. Apparently, when you're rich, you can avoid your foes by building and escaping to mansions in big, expensive cities like New York. Brb, running away to my new mansion so I'll never have to see your face again.
7. Kingsland Homestead
In 1923, a subway extension was proposed, which would destroy the mansion so it had to be moved to a new site. In what world is it okay to plan a subway extension that would completely ruin other people's property. Hello? Did no one understand the concept of personal mansion owner space?
8. Hendrick I. Lott House
The Lot family had so much land to produce so many crops and needed people to work the fields, but New York's slave laws were making it hard to keep slaves. The solution? Fire the slaves and hire them back as paid employees. Basically, the Lott's #richpeopleproblems turned into freed slave opportunity.
9. Billiou-Stillwell-Perine House
A couple of different families had the pleasure of calling the Billiou-Stillwell-Perine House home, but when it got down to Joseph Holmes Sr.'s widow Sarah, she couldn't deal with managing the place anymore. So in 1764, she gave the estate to Edward Perine, husband of her daughter Ann. guess when the going gets tough you give your lavish home away?
10. Vander Ende–Onderdonk House
This lovely stone house got caught in the middle of a border dispute in 1769, namely the boundary between Bushwick in Kings County and Newtown in Queens County. What does a wealth man have to do wrong in life to deserve that kind of punishment?
Dana Gibbs is a multimedia journalist and blogger in New York. She loves all things pop culture and entertainment.
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