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Vanderbilt Mansion, Hyde Park NY

Front Facade, Vanderbilt Mansion, Hyde Park, NY

Front Facade, Vanderbilt Mansion, Hyde Park, NY

Of all the Vanderbilt Homes I have visited, this might be my favorite.  It was designed in 1895 by McKim, Mead & White for Frederick Vanderbilt.

Oval Entrance Hall

Oval Entrance Hall

I love the scale of the rooms.  The mansion is like a jewel box with all the public rooms arranged off the large oval entrance hall.

2nd Floor Balcony

2nd Floor Balcony

A skylight and 2nd floor balcony are above the main entrance hall.

Mrs. Vanderbilt's Bedroom

Mrs. Vanderbilt’s Bedroom

One of the most amazing rooms in the home is Mrs. Vanderbilt’s bedroom.  It is inspired by the Marie Antoinette chamber at The Palace of Versailles.

Rear facade, Vanderbilt Mansion.

Rear facade, Vanderbilt Mansion.

The Mansion is overlooking magnificent grounds and the Hudson River.

Hudson River View from rear portico.

Hudson River View from rear portico.

Today the mansion is owned by the National Park Service.

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Kingscote, Newport RI

Kingscote front

Kingscote front

Kingscote was originally designed by Richard Upjohn for George Noble Jones in 1839 – 1841.

Side view of Kingscote

Side view of Kingscote

One of my favorite rooms in Kingscote is the dining room, which was expanded sometime in the 1870’s to 1880’s by the firm of McKim, Mead and White.  To quote their webpage: “The room combines Colonial American details with exotic ornament – reflecting the architects’ interest in combining eastern and western motifs. The innovative use of materials was also important, such as cork tiles as a covering for the wall frieze and ceiling, and an early installation of opalescent glass bricks by Louis Comfort Tiffany.”

Kingscote Dining Room

Kingscote Dining Room

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

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Isaac Bell House / Edna Villa, Newport RI

Front facade of Isaac Bell House

Bellevue Ave facade of Isaac Bell House

Built in 1882-1883 by McKim, Mead and White for the Bell family.  The house was purchased in 1891 by the Vanderbilt family lawyer, Samuel Barger, who named the property Edna Villa.

Rear Facade of Isaac Bell House

Rear Facade of Isaac Bell House

I am especially fond of the lines of this house.  I also love the window in the corner of these 2 facades.  It creates a lovely window seat in the upstairs bedroom.

A View of the Entrance Facade (on Perry St.) and the Bellevue Ave. Facade

A View of the Entrance Facade (on Perry St.) and the Bellevue Ave.  Facade

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

Stained Glass by the front door

Stained Glass by the front door

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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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Newport Casino, Newport RI

Newport Casino from Bellevue Avenue

Newport Casino from Bellevue Avenue

The casino was built between 1879 -1881 as a social center for Newport.  Back in the day entrance to the casino was gained both by membership and by purchase of a daily pass.

Casino from interior courtyard

Casino and interior courtyard from promenade

The casino is actually a complex of buildings and open spaces.

Casino and promenade from Theatre

Casino and promenade from Theatre

Today it is home to the National Tennis Hall of Fame, the National Tennis Club,

Theatre

Theatre

a Stanford White designed auditorium used by Salve Regina University,

Court Tennis Court

Court Tennis Court

and one of eight court tennis courts in the country.

Promenade Trellis

Promenade Trellis

The exterior spaces (Originally for archery, croquet, and lawn tennis) are as lovely as the interior spaces.

Newport Casino

Newport Casino

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