Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Breakers

Again with the summer homes!! This one built by the Vanderbilts. Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt left an estate of $100,000 million to his son William Henry. He left an estate of $200,000 to his two sons. One of these sons, Cornelius II, built The Breakers. They do not allow pictures to be taken inside the extremely oppulent estate. They don't know how much it cost but two rooms were built in Paris, dismantled, numbered, shipped to Newport and reassembled. Each room seemed to be more elaborate than the last. 70 rooms, 33 rooms for 20 inside servants who lived on the estate, 138,000 square feet of house. And the house was built for the sole purpose of entertaining on Newport for 6-8 weeks of the year during July and August. ALL the summer homes were for the purpose of entertaining 6-8 weeks of the year. *sigh* I'm going to see if I can find picutres of the inside on the Internet. Here's the view from the porch and the back of the mansion.

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