After spending a couple of days around my friends' beautiful home, we decided to have a trip to Newport, RI.
We booked an inn for a night and headed to Newport. I was still sick and very tired so, I slept through the three hour drive.
We bought tickets to visit two of the Newport Mansions (called cottages by the owners) of the Gilded Age: The Breakers and Marble House.
I have been to palaces and mansions in Europe and these "cottages" were no less in terms of lavishness and in terms of the extraordinary amounts of money poured into them. The families would use these places only for a few weeks during summer months and yet, they were quite the match for French Palaces. Yes, these people earned a lot of money by building railroads in the United States but, spending that kind of money is not justifiable in my opinion. Especially, given that the country faced with the Big Depression in a few decades down the line.
Their heirs unfortunately could not deal with the upkeep of these places and now the Preservation Society of Newport County is making an excellent job to keep the mansions in good shape and entertain the curious crowds visiting Newport.
You may want to pay special attention to the Platinum Panels below and some pictures:
|Ceiling- The Breakers|
|The Kitchen- The Breakers|
|China Cabinets- The Breakers|
Marble House and the rest of my Newport trip will be the subject of another post