The Breakers - Newport, RI
Cornelius Vanderbilt II, became Chairman and President of the New York Central Railroad system in 1885, and purchased a wooden house called The Breakers in Newport during that same year. 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, and Boston architect Ogden Codman decorated the family quarters.

The Vanderbilts had seven children. Their youngest daughter, Gladys, who married Count Laszlo Szechenyi of Hungary, inherited the house on her mother's death in 1934. An ardent supporter of The Preservation Society of Newport County, she opened The Breakers in 1948 to raise funds for the Society. In 1972, the Preservation Society purchased the house from her heirs. Today, the house is designated a National Historic Landmark.

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Media ID 2013061316455918  
Date Thu May 16, '13 12:10PM
Comments 3
Views 1229
Uploaded By Walter Rowe
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Artist Walter Rowe
Copyright Copyright 2013 Walter Rowe
Date/Time Thu May 16, '13 08:10AM
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Image Description Back of the house at The Breakers
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I like the B&W treatment here, the temptation to show it in colour must have been high and I think you have done justice to this... great architectural image

I agree, I love the B&W as well.

Thanks all. I do, of course, have a color version, but this B&W version somehow honors the age of this home and the times in which it was built (1890's). The home is in immaculate condition for being over 100 years old. How great that the family sold the house to the Newport Preservation Society so that the public can continue to enjoy the history and beauty associated with this home. Simply said, they don't build them like this anymore.