The Breakers is the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages" and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial preeminence in turn of the century America. Cornelius Vanderbilt II purchased a wooden house called The Breakers in Newport. In 1893, he commissioned architect Richard Morris Hunt to design a villa to replace the earlier wood-framed house which was destroyed by fire the previous year. Hunt directed an international team of craftsmen and artisans to create a 70 room Italian Renaissance- style palazzo inspired by the 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turin. Allard and Sons of Paris assisted Hunt with furnishings and fixtures, Austro-American sculptor Karl Bitter designed relief sculpture. Novelist Edith Wharton and Boston architect Ogden Codman decorated the family quarters.
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Historic buildings – Rhode Island -- Newport; Newport (RI) – Buildings, structures, etc; The Breakers Mansion (RI); Space (Architecture) – Rhode Island -- Newport;
44 Ochre Point Avenue
Smolski, Chester and Hunt, Richard Morris, "The Breakers- Newport, RI" (1967). Smolski Images. 220.