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Newport Villas: The Revival Styles 1885-1935
     

Newport Villas: The Revival Styles 1885-1935

by Michael C. Kathrens
 

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

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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 Italian Renaissance Revival, from French Classical Revival to Georgian Revival.

Editorial Reviews

The Providence Journal
“[M]ay be the most thorough and accessible guide to Newport’s Gilded Age mansions yet published….Newport Villas is a must-have.”
Rob Hardy - The Commercial Dispatch
“Its photographs and detailed descriptions are a welcome documentation of a small but glittering part of American and social history.”
Sacramento Book Review
“[A] well-produced and organized book. Recommended for armchair architectural voyeurs.”
David Patrick Columbia - New York Social Diary
“[A] treasure for those who are interested in the history and the architecture of the Gilded Age in Newport.”
The Breakers. Château-sur-Mer. The Elms. The Kingscote. Their very names are entrancing. The oceanside mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, still carry an aura of Gilded Age opulence. This truly grand pictorial draws on 350 black-and-white photographs (many from rarely seen archives) and 25 color photos to display these elaborate villas in all their majesty.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393732702
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/26/2009
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 12.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Michael C. Kathrens, an independent scholar specializing in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American residential architecture and interior decoration, wrote The Great Houses of New York 1880-1930. He lives in New York City.

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