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Idle Hour: An Exhibit of Historic Photographs

Idle Hour: An Exhibit of Historic Photographs

An exhibit I am curating which will be on display March 14, 2013 to June 16, 2013 at the Islip Art Museum.

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March 3, 2013 · 3:11 pm

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.

Click here to see more of my photos of Marble House.

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Idle Hour, Oakdale, NY

This beautiful mansion is now the home of Dowling College.  It was built for William K Vanderbilt I and designed by Richard Howland Hunt  between 1900-1904.  This is the second mansion on this site.  The first Mansion burnt down in 1899.

Idle Hour Front Entrance

Idle Hour Front Entrance

Lighting Fixture

Lighting Fixture

North Side of Idle Hour

North Side of Idle Hour

The mansion is now known as Fortunoff Hall.

Please visit my other Website  for more information and photos of
Idle Hour on the South Shore History Site.  You can also visit my Flickr site.

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