HBO Series Partially Filmed In Hudson Valley

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WHITE PLAINS, NY — Westchester is in the spotlight with Monday's premiere of the new HBO historical drama series “The Gilded Age.”

The new show is set in the rapidly changing world of 1880s New York, during a time of unprecedented industrial growth in America, according to spokesperson. The story follows the millionaire titans at the upper echelons of New York society engaged in a battle between the nouveau riche and old money.

The series comes from Julian Fellowes, the writer and producer best known for “Downton Abbey.”

"The Gilded Age" is a showcase for glamorous costumes and beautiful backdrops — many of right here in Westchester.

County Executive George Latimer said it was no surprise that producers of “The Gilded Age” chose to film in Westchester.

"We have fantastic locations — including several historically significant sites — and a huge diversity of spaces that can be used creatively to accommodate everything a production needs,” he said.

The story starts with a young Marian Brook, played by Louisa Jacobson, who moves after the death of her father from rural Pennsylvania to live with her rich aunts, Agnes van Rhijn and Ada Brook, acted by Christine Baranski and Cynthia Nixon, respectively, according to a spokesperson. The plot follows Marion as she becomes enmeshed in a social war between one of her aunts, a scion of the old money set, and her rich neighbors, a ruthless railroad tycoon and his wife.

Filming for “The Gilded Age” took place over several months in late 2020 and early 2021.

County officials said scenes were filmed on dirt roads and in historic cabins at the Edith Macy Conference Center in Briarcliff Manor, Glenview at Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, Sleepy Hollow Country Club and inside the mansion and on the grounds at Lyndhurst and Belvedere Estate in Tarrytown.

Pace University in Pleasantville was used as a film location and cast and crew basecamp.

Seeking a variety of looks that would recreate 1880s New York, producers scouted Westchester County, where wealthy New Yorkers actually escaped city life during the Gilded Age, according to David Crockett, the show's executive producer.

“We were committed to an authentic feel and wanted the show to be a New York show, an American show. And Westchester came through for us," he said. "We created Manhattan locations of the era including a grand mansion and hotel exteriors, the interior of a coffee and cake saloon, a downtown printing press, tavern, and the exterior of a ferry terminal. Westchester offered unbelievable assets and we will be back.”

Other locations upstate were used in filming the series.

"The Gilded Age" also filmed in Troy, Rensselaer County, using the city's Monument Square as a stand-in for a downtown Manhattan shopping district, as well as the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and the Rensselaer County Court House, WRGB reported.

Filming during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic presented production challenges that were eased by filming in Westchester, according to Lauri Pitkus, the location scout.

“On any given day our production involved 150 to 300 people," she said. "So, we were not only looking for historic looks but larger properties where we could park our trucks, construct tents for cast and crew operations, and have park-like grounds where we could operate like a campus."

Westchester offered flexibility that allowed the production to stay for multiple days, find as many creative looks as possible in one place, and observe COVID protocols, Pitkus said.

The Gilded Age premieres at 9 p.m. Monday on HBO and will be available on its streaming service HBO Max.

This article originally appeared on the Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow Patch