This "Streetscapes" video looks at the remnants of Frick's life in the building that is now, by far, my favorite museum in the United States.
Interestingly, he had a live-in organist, a vegetable cook, and a bowling alley, not to mention the Turners, Vermeer's, Rembrants and Whistlers that hang on the wall (Oh! And El Greco! And Thomas More!). Also interestingly he died only five years after the home was completed.
Personally, I'd rather ruthless buisness men build private collections of great art and then turn those collections into museums, than pool together their considerable resources for a numer of charitable porjects that will likely do no good. Good art is always a good.
PS. Next time you're in NYC, go to the Frick. It should not be missed.