Newport Villas

The Revival Styles 1885-1935

Michael C. Kathrens (Author)


A survey of the Gilded Age mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, for all who love grand houses.

Newport Villas describes the architectural and social development of this summer resort town, the nexus of wealth and fashion at the end of the nineteenth 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 thirty to seventy 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.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • January 2009
  • ISBN 978-0-393-73270-2
  • 9.4 × 12.4 in / 384 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“[M]ay be the most thorough and accessible guide to Newport’s Gilded Age mansions yet published….Newport Villas is a must-have.” — The Providence Journal

“Its photographs and detailed descriptions are a welcome documentation of a small but glittering part of American and social history.” — Rob Hardy, The Commercial Dispatch

“[A] well-produced and organized book. Recommended for armchair architectural voyeurs.” — Sacramento Book Review

“[A] treasure for those who are interested in the history and the architecture of the Gilded Age in Newport.” — David Patrick Columbia, New York Social Diary

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