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Newport Villas: The Revival Styles 1885-1935

Newport Villas: The Revival Styles 1885-1935

Michael C. Kathrens

ISBN: 978-0-393-73270-2

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320 pages

Select type: Hardcover

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A survey of the Gilded Age mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, for all who love grand houses.

Newport Villas describes the architectural and social development of this summer resort town, the nexus of wealth and fashion at the end of the nineteenth century. All the accoutrements were the best that money could buy, whether it was Parisian frocks, meticulously groomed thoroughbred horses, or meals prepared by imported French chefs. To properly mount their entertainments, Newport's elite built ""cottages"" that ranged in size from thirty to seventy rooms. The country's most accomplished architects designed these seaside villas, many of them rivaling the great houses of Europe. Pictured here in abundant archival and new photographs, with accompanying floor plans, the houses cover the gamut of revival styles from Colonial Revival to Stick Style, from French Baroque to Tuscan villa.

350 black-and-white photographs and plans, 25 color photographs