“Beach Cottages” in Newport, RI
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I was in Newport, Rhode Island a few years back and I took this photo from the front yard of “the Breakers” mansion. Newport is well known for its annual jazz festival and has hosted the America’s Cup a few times. But what really brings tourists to Newport are the “beach cottages.”
Before there was a federal income tax, robber barons amassed large fortunes (often at the expense of other’s livelihoods) from unregulated capitalism. New York financiers, Pennsylvania steel captains and Western railroad tycoons all built their summer retreats in Newport. It was called the gilded age. This is one of the most fascinating periods in American history, and if you’re interested in catching up on it, I recommend reading an excellent and classic novel: Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence.
Anyway, the Newport Mansions are beautiful and almost all are perched right on the shoreline overlooking the Rhode Island Sound. I’ve posted a few more photos below.
This mansion is called the “Breakers” (named for the breaking waves right out front of the property) and was designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt for Cornelius Vanderbilt. The home is designed in the Beaux Arts style. Keep in mind this home was built for one family.
Check out the waves out front!