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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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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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Griswold House / Newport Art Museum, RI

Griswold House - Front

Griswold House – Front

This house is Richard Morris Hunt’s first major commission in Newport.

Central Stairway

Central Stairway

Hunt was hired in 1861 by the Griswold family to create this home, which was completed in 1863.

Dining Room

Dining Room

The woodwork inside the house is fantastic – just look at it here in the Dining Room and in the Parlor.

Parlor

Parlor

Parlor Shutters

Parlor Shutters

Today the house is part of the Newport Art Museum and they have been slowly restoring the property.

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Chepstow, Newport RI

Chepstow

Chepstow

Chepstow was designed by George Champlin Mason and built for the Schermerhorn’s in 1860-1861.  It is Italianate in style with a French roof.

Detail of porch

Detail of porch

Today it 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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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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