Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Breakers Mansion in Newport, Rhode Island

The Breakers - Ochre Point Ave.
Newport, Rhode Island

The Breakers has become the state's number one tourist attraction since it was opened by the Preservation Society of Newport in 1948.  The design follows that of the north Italian palaces with seventy rooms on the four floors arranged around a huge central hall.  Its location faces the Atlantic Ocean from Ochre Point on the famous Cliff Walk.

postmarked in 2011 with a 28 cent stamp

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The Breakers is a Vanderbilt mansion located on the Atlantic Ocean. It is a National Historic Landmark, and is owned and operated by the Preservation Society of Newport County.

It was built as the Newport summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II, a member of the wealthy United States Vanderbilt family. Designed by renowned architect Richard Morris Hunt, the 70-room mansion boasts approximately 65,000 sq ft. of living space. The home was constructed between 1893 and 1895 at a cost of more than $7 million (approximately $200 million in today's dollars adjusted for inflation).

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