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The Breakers

Posted by on July 1, 2016
The last castle isn't really a castle at all--it was a "summer cottage" built by Cornelius Vanderbilt II. It has 70 rooms and 125,000 sq. ft., of which 62,000 is living area. The Breakers was built between 1893-95 at a cost of $11,000,000 ($110,000,000 in today's dollars). Almost half of the 70 rooms were for the staff, who went about their duties via hidden passageways and doors rarely being seen. Today The Breakers is owned by The Preservation Society of Newport, which conducts tours for about 400,000 visitors per year. The first photo  shows it from the front under construction in 1894 and  then, in the third photo, newly completed in 1895 .  The backyard view is dated 1909 (click to enlarge). The Breakers under construction, May 1, 1894   Breakers Mansion - combined views Breakers1895Breakersbackyrd1909Breakers1 ca. 2001, Newport, Aquidneck Island, Rhode Island, USA --- An aerial view shows a mansion sitting alongside the Cliff Walk, a National Recreation Trail that runs along the eastern shore of Newport, Rhode Island. --- Image by © Bob Krist/Corbis

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