Santa Monica PierSanta Monica, CaliforniaMichele and her mother had lunch at a burger joint at the famed Santa Monica Pier.Three miles south is Venice Beach, the Bohemian center of Los Angeles where Michelelived until her mother’s death.200 Santa Monica PierSanta Monica, CA 90401(310) 395-4248
Bow BridgeCentral Park, New YorkThe Bow Bridge is a historic iron structure spanning the Central Park Lake at mid-parkaround 73d Street. When Michele travels back in time to 1910, she and Philip walk toCherry Hill in Central Park for a romantic picnic overlooking the Bow Bridge.
Belvedere CastleCentral Park, New York Modern Belvedere Castle Belvedere Castle 1910Michele observes Central Parks landmark Belvedere Castle on her picnic with Philip.While the Castle has remained virtually unchanged, Michele takes note of the silenceand emptiness of the park around her; it is so different from the bustling, crowdedpark of the future.
The Plaza HotelNew York, New York Modern Plaza Hotel Plaza Hotel 1910A lot can change in 100 years, but many of New York City’s most recognizable buildingsand landmarks have remained the same. On her walk to Central Park withPhilip, Michele is able to easily identify the ornate green roof of the landmark PlazaHotel. Later, when Michele visits the Roaring Twenties, she and her great-grandmother spend the evening celebrating at the Plaza.The Plaza HotelFifth Avenue at Central Park SouthNew York, New York 10019(212) 759-3000
Union SquareNew York, New York Modern Union Square Union Square 1910Michele knows that Union Square is an area of lower Manhattan known for its fineeateries, office buildings, and the W Hotel. When she goes back in time andaccompanies Clara to a dress fitting at Lord & Taylor, Michele learns that the area wasthe heart of the city’s most posh shopping in the early 1900s.
Alice Vanderbilt’s The BreakersNewport, Rhode Island The Breakers Dining Room The Breakers circa 1910The 65,000-square-foot Newport home of Cornelius and Alice Vanderbilt known asThe Breakers served as the inspiration for the Windsor estate’s Grand Hall.The Breakers44 Ochre Point AvenueNewport, Rhode Island 02840
Alva Vanderbilt’s Marble HouseNewport, Rhode IslandAnother Vanderbilt mansion in Newport, Marble House, served as the inspiration forthe impressive exterior of the Windsor Mansion.70 Perry StreetNewport, Rhode Island 02840(401) 847-1000
SpringwoodHyde Park, New YorkVisiting Springwood, Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s estate of 400 acres, helped theauthor to describe the Windsors’ experiences during World War II.Franklin D. Roosevelt Home and Library National Historic Site4097 Albany Post RoadHyde Park, New York 12538
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and MuseumHyde Park, New YorkThe Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum provided Monir withaccess to vast resources that brought World War II to life.Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum4079 Albany Post RoadHyde Park, New York 12538
Waldorf AstoriaNew York, New York Modern Waldorf-Astoria Waldorf-Astoria in 1910Built by William Waldorf Astor in 1893, the Waldorf-Astoria remains an iconic NewYork landmark. It is where Michele’s private school holds its annual Autumn Ball andwhere Philip lives when he returns from London to try to make it as a composer.
The Juilliard SchoolNew York, New York Modern Juilliard The Institute of Musical Art circa 1910The Juilliard School in New York traces its beginnings to the Institute of MusicalArt, which since 1910 had been located near Columbia University. In 1969, it occupiedits modern building at 66th Street and Broadway. When Philip’s family forbids hismusical aspirations, Michele advises him not to allow their disapproval to derail hisdreams of attending the Institute of Musical Art.
The Cotton ClubHarlem, New YorkIn the Jazz Age of the 1920s, blacks performed for an all-white audience at Harlemsfamed Cotton Club speakeasy. Michele’s great-grandmother, sixteen-year-old LilyWindsor, sneaks out of her house and wins a singing contest at the club.
The New Amsterdam TheaterNew York, NY Modern New Amsterdam Theater New Amsterdam Theater in 1910The ornate New Amsterdam Theater on 42nd Street, built in 1902, was once home tothe Ziegfeld Follies. After Michele’s parents take her to see Mary Poppins at DisneysNew Amsterdam Theatre, Michele journeys back in time to discover that her great-grandmother performed at the same theater as a member of the Follies in 1926.