Sometimes jewels in the rough present themselves when you least expect it. This was the case last weekend when I found myself in Newport, RI. I had no idea what to expect. Quickly, it became apparent that this beach town has a storied past where the American aristocracy of the last 19th and early 2oth century created structures that had never been seen on this side of the Atlantic. And this was the beginning of . . . The Gilded Age.
I took a ride thru these mansions, or as their owners called them their “summer cottages.” I was fascinated by their beauty, wealth and decadence. In this post, I would like to share with you some of my favorites. Included are the Breakers, the largest of them all. Built and owned by the Vanderbilts until purchased by the Newport Preservation Society, this house was occupied by the great great grandparents of none other that CNN’s Anderson Cooper. Next is The Elms, right on Bellevue Avenue, it is a stunning house built by the Berwinds. Finally, is Marble House, also built by the Vanderbilts. This cottage features a unique Tea House, a few steps from the Atlantic shore.
I am also including some pictures of other beautiful houses and buildings around the storied Bellevue Avenue area. Some are private residences, while others are public buildings.