Gilded Age mansion The Breakers closing for 3 months


NEWPORT, RI (AP) – The Breakers take a break.

The Preservation Society of Newport County announced the closure of the famous Gilded Age mansion for three months starting Monday.

But there is good news for mansion lovers – Marble House, a popular Newport destination and site National Historic Site closed since last March due to the coronavirus pandemic, reopens its doors to visitors.

“We are delighted to welcome people back to this spectacular home and share its fascinating history,” said Trudy Coxe, CEO and CEO of the Preservation Society, in a statement.

Marble House was completed in 1892 as a summer residence for William K. and Alva Vanderbilt from New York. It was designed by famous architect Richard Morris Hunt taking inspiration from the Petit Trianon in Versailles, France.

Hunt was also commissioned by Cornelius Vanderbilt II to design The Breakers after it burned down in an 1892 fire. The Italian Renaissance-style mansion was completed in 1895.

The Breakers are expected to reopen by May 28, Coxe said.

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