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Date

Winter 12-1971

Description

The Breakers is a Vanderbilt mansion located on Ochre Point Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island. It is a National Historic Landmark, a contributing property to the Bellevue Avenue Historic District, and is owned and operated by the Preservation Society of Newport County. The Breakers was built as the Newport summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II. Designed by renowned architect Richard Morris Hunt the 70-room mansion boasts approximately 65,000 sq ft of living space. The home was constructed between 1893 and 1895 at a cost of more than $7 million. The Ochre Point Avenue entrance is marked by sculpted iron gates and 30-foot high walkway gates are part of a 12-foot-high limestone and iron fence that borders the property on all but the ocean side (pictured).

Notes

Bibliography: Yarnall, James L. "Newport through Its Architecture : A History of Styles from Postmedieval to Postmodern." Newport, R.I.: Salve Regina University Press in association with University Press of New England, Hanover and London, 2005. p.141-145

Creator 1 Role

Photographer

Creator 2 Dates

1827-1895

Creator 2 Role

Architect

Building Type

Mansion

Building Style

Renaissance Revival

Subject Headings

Historic buildings – Rhode Island -- Newport; Newport (RI) – Buildings, structures, etc; Breakers Mansion (RI); Space (Architecture) – Rhode Island -- Newport;

Country Name

United States

Region Name

Rhode Island

City Name

Newport

Street Address

Ochre Point Ave.

Keywords

Newport; Breakers; renaissance revival; architecture;

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