Front of Marble House
Marble House is a monumental homage to extravagance. Built principally for Alva Vanderbilt by Richard Morris Hunt, it is based on the Petit Trianon at Versailles.
Under the main entrance
The entire house screams formality and classicism inside and outside.
Over one of the side windows
Inside the house boasts more than 500,000 cubic feet of marble.
The Ocean facing facade
The Tea House at Marble House
The tea house was added to the grounds by Alva in 1912. It was designed by the firm of Hunt & Hunt. (Richard Morris Hunt’s sons.) It was the site of several suffragist meetings after WWI.
Inside the Tea House
Today Marble House is one of the mansions operated by the Preservation Society of Newport County.
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Griswold House – Front
This house is Richard Morris Hunt’s first major commission in Newport.
Hunt was hired in 1861 by the Griswold family to create this home, which was completed in 1863.
The woodwork inside the house is fantastic – just look at it here in the Dining Room and in the Parlor.
Today the house is part of the Newport Art Museum and they have been slowly restoring the property.
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Belcourt Castle from Bellevue Ave.
From 1891-1894, Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont hired Richard Morris Hunt to design a Newport castle for his horses and himself.
close up of exterior
This house may be stylistically the most schizophrenic in design that I have seen. The exterior resembles a French chateau. Walk inside the entrance archway into the courtyard, and one finds oneself surrounded by half timbering that reminds me of an English Tudor style, but I have been reminded that half timbering is seen in Norman style architecture too. All I can say is that the juxtaposition of the two styles so close together is jarring.
entrance archway from courtyard
About the stables….. I have heard the following about this house: “It is a palatial stable with an incidental apartment attached.” In addition to the stable wing, the whole first floor of the house (the incidental apartment was on the 2nd floor) was also stable space, open to the outside until Alva Vanderbilt Belmont moved in in 1896. Alva enclosed the first floor and turned it into an Italian Renaissance styled hall and banished the horses to the stable wing.
Stable wing inside courtyard
Belcourt is privately owned and open for tours sporadically. I hear that it is up for sale and I hope a suitable buyer can be found for it. It is in need of restoration and it’s history and architecture are worthy of saving.
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Ochre Court, Street Facade
Ogden Goelet, a New York real estate developer, hired Richard Morris Hunt to design Ochre Court between 1888-1892.
Ochre Court, Ocean Facade
Inspired by the French chateau of the Loire Valley, it was the first of Hunt’s summer cottages to seek French inspiration.
Main entry under stairs, Ocean vista visible
Many of the interiors retain their gilded age characteristics.
Main hall, 2nd and 3rd floors
Main Hall (viewed from 2nd floor)
Stained glass window on 2nd floor stair landing
Ochre Court Dining Room
Ochre Court Ballroom
Ochre Court Salon – detail of wood work
Administration building from street
Today it serves as the administration building of Salve Regina University.
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I visited this Richard Morris Hunt masterpiece on December 11, 2011.
Approaching the Front Entrance
The first time I visited this house I was a child. I remember then I was impressed with its enormity. This was the third time in my life that I visited this house and its enormity has stayed with me. It is monumental testament to Beaux Arts design.
Western Facade in profile
Entrance Gate During Daylight
On this visit I found myself focused on the elaborate decorative details that Hunt placed everywhere. I think it is these details that make this house so special.
Detail – Over front entrance
Statue in Entrance Portico
Urn near Entrance
I love the texture of this urn.
Ocean View from Terrace
Western Facade at Sunset
I was quickly running out of sunlight……
Garden Urns at Twilight
Garden Fountain at Twilight
Entrance Gate at Dusk
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Today it is one of the mansions operated by the Preservation Society of Newport County.