THE NEWPORT POSTCARD GALLERY
APC 42. Gateway of "The Breakers" Owned by The Preservation Society and open to the public today. Today, The Breakers is the Preservation Societies most visited home and Newport's most opulent 'Cottage'. Built by Cornelius Vanderbilt II. Started in 1893 and designed by Richard Morris Hunt. 70 rooms in the Italian Renaissance style. The preservation Society purchased the home from family heirs in 1972. "The Breakers, or the Countess Szechenyi Estate, is a pretentious palace of caen stone with red tiled roof. The original house, owned by Cornelius Vanderbilt, was burned in 1893. Soon afterward $3,000,000.00 was spent to make the present mansion the most striking and magnificently appointed of Newport 'Cottages.' The three-and-a-half story stone structure, of which R.M.Hunt was the architect, has on one side semicircular porch resembling the apse of a cathedral. The center of the house has a two-story loggia facing the garden. The interior is embellished with mosaic work and carved stone. Some of the interior walls are finished in light-green Cipollion marble. A mosaic in one of the tympani of the arches are decorated in Italian Renaissance designs. The estate was bequeathed by Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt to her niece, the Countess Szechenyi, wife of the Austro-Hungarian charge d'affaires to the United States in 1906." From "Rhode Island: A Guide to the Smallest State" 1937.
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