Travels

Detailed Extravagance: Marble House

Marble House was built between 1888 and 1892 as a summer "cottage" retreat for Alva and William K. Vanderbilt. It was the first of the Gilded Aged mansions that transformed Newport from a relatively lazy summer colony of wooden houses to a high-society resort of opulent stone palaces. Upon completion, the most lavish house in… Continue reading Detailed Extravagance: Marble House

Travels

Detailed Extravagance: Rosecliff

This past September for Labor Day weekend, I finally made a trip to Rhode Island to visit the Newport Mansions built during the Gilded Age and opened to the public by the Preservation Society of Newport County. Rosecliff, also known formerly as the Hermann Oelrichs HouseĀ or the J. Edgar Monroe House, was builtĀ 1898-1902 at a… Continue reading Detailed Extravagance: Rosecliff