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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

What Ocean Home Is The Emblem Of The Spirit Of The American Renaissance?

The Breakers, with all its splendor was very much a family house. Now designated a National Historic Landmark, in Newport, Rhode Island and open to the public for tours by The Preservation Society of Newport County. The ocean home was very important to the Vanderbilt family as they had two residences. The other was on Fifth Avenue at 57th Street in New York City on the property where Bergdorf Goodman is today. They spent a full six months in Newport each year. The 70 room summer estate of New York Central Railroad President Cornelius Vanderbilt II interiors feature rare marble, platinum leaf wall panels, gilded woods, and gold is everywhere throughout the Mansion. Cornelius Vanderbilt II built the house to take advantage of its views of the sea. A visit here becomes magical as the house and the ocean is dramatic. It’s a visually spectacular site The Breakers and the sea with the house with its marble and its colors is magnificent.

"A summer day began with tennis in the morning at the casino, or a swim at the beach. After a luncheon party there was yachting, polo, or a few rounds of golf." As quoted from the Newport Mansions Preservation Society compelling tour. This is a moment in American culture not to be missed.

The Breakers dining room. Photo Credit: John Corbett, courtesy of The Preservation Society of Newport County.

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