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Marble House, Newport RI

Front of Marble House

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

Under the main entrance

The entire house screams formality and classicism inside and outside.

Over one of the side windows

Over one of the side windows

Inside the house boasts more than 500,000 cubic feet of marble.

The Ocean facing facade

The Ocean facing facade

 

The Tea House at Marble House

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

Inside the Tea House

Today Marble House is one of the mansions operated by the Preservation Society of Newport County.

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Rosecliff, Newport RI

Rosecliff exterior

Rosecliff exterior – Bellevue Ave Side

Rosecliff was built by Tessie and Herman Oelrichs between 1899-1901.

Ocean Side of Rosecliff

Ocean Side of Rosecliff

They hired McKim, Mead and White to design their cottage on Bellevue Ave after the Grand Trianon in Versailles.

Facade detail

Facade detail

The most unusual feature of Rosecliff is its exterior surface.  Although it looks like marble, the house is faced in white glazed terracotta tile.

Rosecliff garden

Rosecliff garden

The house gets its name from the beautiful rose bushes on the property.

Today it is one of the mansions operated by the Preservation Society of Newport County.

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Vernon Court, Newport RI

Vernon Court

Vernon Court

Built in 1898 by Carrere and Hastings.  Its design is based on Chateau Haroue near Nancy, France.  Today it is home to the National Museum of American Illustration.

Another view of Vernon Court

Another view of Vernon Court

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Belcourt Castle, Newport RI

Belcourt Castle from Bellevue Ave.

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

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

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

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, Salve Regina University, Newport RI

Ochre Court, Street Facade

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

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

Main entry under stairs, Ocean vista visible

Many of the interiors retain their gilded age characteristics.

Main hall, 2nd and 3rd floors

Main hall, 2nd and 3rd floors

Main Hall (viewed from 2nd floor)

Main Hall (viewed from 2nd floor)

Stained glass window on 2nd floor stair landing

Stained glass window on 2nd floor stair landing

Ochre Court Dining Room

Ochre Court Dining Room

Ochre Court Ballroom

Ochre Court Ballroom

Ochre Court Salon - detail of wood work

Ochre Court Salon – detail of wood work

Administration building from street

Administration building from street

Today it serves as the administration building of Salve Regina University.

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The Elms, Newport RI

I visited this house on December 11, 2011.

Rear Facade

Rear Facade

Built between 1898 – 1901 by Philadelphia architect Horace Trumbauer for the Berwind family.  The house was modeled after the mid-18th century French chateau d’Asnieres (c.1750) outside Paris.

Statue at Roof Corner

Statue at Roof Corner

Facade over front door

Facade over front door

Statue flanking front door

Statue flanking front door

This arbor, hiding the servant’s entrance to the house is most beautiful in the spring and summer.

Arbor over servant's entrance

Arbor over servant’s entrance

The Classical Revival style gardens on the grounds were developed between 1907 and 1914 and comprise almost 14 acres. I don’t know who the landscape architect was.

Garden Pavillion

Garden Pavilion

The Sunken Garden

The Sunken Garden

Garden Statue

Garden Statue

The Stables

The Stables

Stable Roofline

Stable Roofline

For more photos, visit my Elms Flickr site.

Today it is one of the mansions operated by the Preservation Society of Newport County.

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Oheka Castle, Cold Spring Harbor NY

Oheka Castle is the second largest private residence built in America.  It was designed by the architects Delano & Aldrich between 1914 -1919 for finacier Otto H. Kahn.  The castle is currently a hotel and catering venue.  I believe I got “Castle Fever” while I was there – I was enthralled by the architecture and the landscape.  I took many photos of the Castle and its interior spaces.  Here is a sample:

Oheka Side view

Oheka Side view

National Register Plaque

National Register Plaque

Courtyard view

Courtyard view

Terrace Room View

Terrace Room View

Loggia

Loggia

Because I took so many photos, I recommend viewing them on my Flickr site.

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