Bellevue Avenue – Newport, Rhode Island

I can’t finish a series on Newport, Rhode Island without showing some of the summer homes (termed “cottages”) built along Bellevue Avenue by America’s wealthy around the beginning of the 20th century. Many are now museums, which give tours, though some, such as Miramar shown here, are still private homes.

Among those pictured

The Breakers is a 70 room Italian Renaissance style palazzo built in 1895 and stands as the most visited attraction in Rhode Island. Not wanting to pay the visitors fee to enter, I shot through the iron gate and was fortunate to catch this group of service men and women exiting the famed mansion

To run the 50 room Marble House, you needed 36 servants. My favorite part of this mansion is in the rear of the building where there is a replica of a Chinese tea house in which Alva Vanderbilt hosted rallies to support giving women the right to vote. Go Alva!

Rosecliff was where the 1974 film adaptation of The Great Gatsby with Robert Redford was filmed. I managed to get onto the property to get a couple of photos. 😀

Miramar was designed for George Widener but completed for his widow. It seems Mr Widener booked passage on the Titanic. It is still privately owned by a former Goldman Sacks executive.

I’ve shown you a few. If you’re in Newport, it is worth touring a couple for the art and craftsmenship…and to perhaps see what it was like to be Jay Gatsby or Daisy Buchanan.



10 thoughts on “Bellevue Avenue – Newport, Rhode Island

  1. laurieanichols

    21 years ago, my husband was in charge of doing some renovations at Beachmound which was right at the end of Bellevue Avenue, near the water and almost across the road from the Duke Estate; we spent quite some time living at Beachmound in one of the independent apartments within the mansion. It was quite the experience! I love the pictures and the area. 😀

      1. laurieanichols

        It most certainly was! We may have been staying there as the hired help but it was very easy to pretend to be living the good life lol 😀

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