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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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Green Animals / Brayton Estate, Newport RI

House at Green Animals

House at Green Animals

This estate was purchased in 1872 by Thomas E. Brayton for his family. The clapboard style house is pleasant, but the reason why people visit is the amazing topiary gardens.

House at green animals - side view

House at green animals – side view

Since 1905 the estate has been known for its extensive gardens and topiary animals.

The gardens and topiary

The gardens and topiary

Topiary Dinosaur

Topiary Dinosaur

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

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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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The Breakers, Newport RI

I visited this Richard Morris Hunt masterpiece on December 11, 2011.

Approaching the Front Entrance

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

Western Facade in profile

Entrance Gate During Daylight

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

Detail – Over front entrance

Statue in Entrance Portico

Statue in Entrance Portico

Urn near Entrance

Urn near Entrance

I love the texture of this urn.

Ocean View from Terrace

Ocean View from Terrace

Western Facade at Sunset

Western Facade at Sunset

I was quickly running out of sunlight……

Garden Urns at Twilight

Garden Urns at Twilight

Garden Fountain at Twilight

Garden Fountain at Twilight

Entrance Gate at Dusk

Entrance Gate at Dusk

For more photos visit my Breakers Flickr Site.

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

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