W. W. Norton, New York, 2009, English
Nonfiction, Architecture
9.4 × 12.4 inches, 384 pages
ISBN: 9780393732702
Suggested Retail Price: $85.00

From the Publisher. A survey of the Gilded Age mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, Newport Villas describes the architectural and social development of this summer resort town, the nexus of wealth and fashion at the end of the 19th 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 30 to 70 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.

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