Favorite Museums: The Breakers in Newport, RI

June 2, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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If you enjoy architecture, interior design and history then you have to try and get to Newport, Rhode Island and tour the “Cottages“. The cottages are several houses in Newport left from the Gilded Age of America, they were all built by people with names like Vanderbilt, Whitney, and Astor. Today these mansions tower over the landscape as reminders of how life used to be. We were in Boston several years on business for Michael’s job and had a rental car, we had driven up and down the Massachusets coast and a waitress in a restaurant told us if we had a few extra hours we should drive to Newport. We arrived in the seaside town late in the afternoon and immediately drove to The Breakers, we bought tickets and were one of the last tours of the day. The home is grand just as you would expect, with two story ceilings, grand staircases, massive furniture only outdone by the huge fireplaces. The tours through the house are guided and they are full of wonderful information and anecdotes. I’m hoping to get back to Newport, there are several other homes available to tour including Marble House, The Elms, and Rosecliff, I’m thinking a trip in the fall would be perfect. Until we can all get to Newport we’ll have to be happy with photos of the Breakers, another wonderful place to visit on vacation. Enjoy!!! (above image via

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The Great Hall in The Breakers, the mansion was built by Cornelius Vanderbilt II and has over 62,000 square feet of living space spread out on five floors. (via)

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This is the Formal Dining Room at The Breakers, this one room is 2,400 square feet and the table can extend to seat 34 people. The dining room is often hailed as the grandest room in the house with the ceiling covered in hand painted greek gods and goddesses up to no good. 

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This is Mrs. Vanderbilt’s Morning Room, the place where a lady would start her day. (via)

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The kitchen at The Breakers is huge and it’s on the first floor of the house. Kitchens then were normally in the basement or not even attached to the house in case of fire. The stove in the kitchen is over 21 feet long and made of cast iron, the top of the kitchen island is zinc. (via)

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This is the bedroom of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, daughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt II. Above the bed is a portrait of Gertrude as a five-year-old child. Eventually, Gertrude became a celebrated artist and sculptor, today many of us know her as Gloria Vanderbilt’s aunt who sued to have Gloria removed from her mother’s custody when Gloria was a little girl, Gertrude and Gloria’s father Reginald were brother and sister. (via)

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One of the several bathrooms in the mansion containing a bathtub carved from one large piece of marble. (via)

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A view of the Atlantic Ocean from one of the collonades at the Breakers. (via)

The Breakers, Newport, Rhode Island

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A beautiful aerial view of a beautiful home, The Breakers in Newport, Rhode Island. (via)

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