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Newport- The Breakers


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Winter 12-1971


The Breakers, an 10-acre estate on Ochre Point overlooking the ocean in Newport, Rhode Island, epitomizes the wealth and extravagance of America's Gilded Age. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt for Cornelius Vanderbilt the solid stone Renaissance Revival summer palace was built to replace a wooden "cottage" (Peabody and Stearns) that burned in 1882. Hunt drew multiple designs for the building, many of which still survive, but ultimately went in a style that drew inspiration from a 16th century Genoese palazzo.


Bibliography: Jordy, William H, Ronald J. Onorato, and William M. K. Woodward. "Buildings of Rhode Island." Oxford: New York, 2004. p. 561-562.; 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. 141-144


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Chester E. Smolski photographic slides and publications, MSS-0041, Special Collections, James P. Adams Library, Rhode Island College.


The Breakers; mansions; Newport; historic buildings;