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Breakers, The

Newport, Rhode Island
County of Newport.
Ochre Point Avenue
National Register Number: 71000019
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling. The threat level was Satisfactory in
2002.
Congressional District: RI-1 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: House Museum.
Web Site: www.newportmansions.org/html/breakers.html.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - October 12, 1994):
The Breakers is the architectural and social archetype of the Guilded Age, a period when members of the Vanderbilt family were the merchant princes of American life through their prominence in the world of finance, as patrons of the arts, and as vanguards of international society. In 1895, the year of its completion, The Breakers was the largest, most opulent house in a summer resort considered the social capital of America. It was built for Cornelius Vanderbilt II (1843-1899), a key figure in American railroads, philanthropy, and fashionable society, and designed by Richard Morris Hunt (1827-1895), one of the founding fathers of architecture in America.

The Breakers received a Save America's Treasures grant of $250,000 in 2002 to repair its heavily damaged terra cotta roof.


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