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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780393732702
ISBN-10: 0393732703
Format: Hardback
(315mm x 239mm x 33mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 24-Feb-2009
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Michael C. Kathrens

Michael C. Kathrens, an independent scholar specializing in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American residential architecture and interior decoration, wrote The Great Houses of New York 1880-1930. He lives in New York City.

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