Episode 1.2: The Breakers, Part II

Welcome back! Are ya ready to hear more about the Breakers? Well uh, you’re gonna get it! In Part 2, we discuss Corneil Vanderbilt’s marked statement against restraint, asceticism, and fire in general. Built by #legend Richard Morris Hunt, the Breakers of today is a breathtaking mansion to exquisite furnishing and decorative detail, and also maybe begs the question, “why do those dolphin statues look creepily human?”

Buckle up, folks, it’s a long one! And thanks for everyone’s patience as we figure out a good pace and format!


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No big, just your average summer home, a ramblin’ ol’ place you slapped together in 27 months (via The Preservation Society of Newport County)

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Great Hall. It’s tall. (via Wikipedia)


Your typical, cozy, humble dining room. Note the extra chairs lined up, just waiting for their moment to shine when the table goes full sized. (via inkct.com; John Corbett)

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Music room, but it’s not like they have an Alexa or anything. (via NewEngland.com from Preservation Society of Newport County)

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Your entire apartment, plus your upstairs neighbor’s, would not even fill the butler’s pantry. The. Butler’s. Pantry. Which is a glorified apartment not for the butler, but chinaware. (via The Preservation Society of Newport County)



Williams, Henry Lionel and Ottalie K. Williams, Great Houses of America, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1969: New York.