The New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians
On October 8th, the Preservation Society of Newport County invites members and guests of NESAH to tour areas of The Breakers never before seen by the public.
Image credit: Sebastien Dutton / The Preservation Society of Newport County
Saturday, October 8, 2022
1:00 - 4:00 PM
The Breakers, 44 Ochre Point Avenue, Newport RI 02840
History of the Breakers:
The Breakers is the legendary Newport residence of Cornelius Vanderbilt II and his family. Constructed in 1893-1895, the house contains 70 rooms including some 23 family bedrooms and guest rooms as well as 33 servant bedrooms. After World War II, houses like The Breakers were seen as obsolete, windows to a fading lifestyle and era. With the foresight of the late Countess Laszlo Szechenyi (born Gladys Vanderbilt), she loaned her childhood home to be used as a house museum. Following the opening of The Breakers to the curious public in 1948, the Vanderbilt family decamped to the third floor of the house – originally designed for the Vanderbilt boys, guests, and staff – and lived there seasonally when in Newport. The residency of the Vanderbilt family and their descendants continued on for the next 70 years, while hundreds of thousands of visitors toured the floors below every year.
To provide an introduction to the history of the house, all attendees will take a tour of areas of the house already opened to the public: the grand rooms on the first floor, designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt and the Parisian decorator Jules Allard and Sons, as well as the principle bedrooms on the second floor, designed by Boston interior designer Ogden Codman, Jr. Attendees will then choose one of two additional tours that will provide the rare and unique behind-the-scenes opportunity to view the third floor family bedrooms or the servants quarters. All tours will be led by knowledgeable guides from the Preservation Society.
When the last Vanderbilt descendants moved out of The Breakers in 2018, the PSNC was left to decide what the future will hold for the third floor. Following the tours, attendees will be invited to a discussion on the future of the third floor bedrooms and the servants quarters. The discussion will be moderated by Leslie Jones, Curator and Director of Museum Affairs for the Preservation Society of Newport County. Light refreshments will be served during the discussion.
$25 to register
$15 for up to one additional guest
NESAH invites you to join a special talk and tour offered by our friends at the Center for Painted Wall Preservation (CPWP)!
The event will take place on Saturday, September 24 and features an introductory talk about the history of painted walls followed by tours of four private homes, two in Vermont and two in New Hampshire, that feature outstanding examples of painted walls from the late-18th and early-19th centuries. These private homes are not typically open to the public, so this is a rare opportunity to see these historic houses and their amazing painted walls.
Read about the tour here for more information. Registration for the tour is through the CPWP, and you can sign up online here.
The New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians is pleased to share information on the 43rd Annual Student Symposium, which will be a virtual conference taking place on April 9, 2022.
To register to attend the symposium, please click here: registration.
Monday, March 28, 2022
Presented via Zoom.
Pre-registration for this free event is required. Please register here!
NE/SAH is pleased to host a lecture from our 2021 John Coolidge Fellowship recipient, Sarah Horowitz of Boston University. Pre-registration for this free event is required.
Monday, February 28, 2022
Monday, October 18, 2021
Presented via Zoom
Pre-registration for this free lecture is required. Please register here!
The New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians is pleased to share information on the 42nd Annual Student Symposium, which will be a virtual conference taking place on June 26, 2021.
To view a program including the detailed schedule for the symposium, please click here: program.
The Fellowship Committee of the New England chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (NESAH) is pleased to announce Sarah Horowitz as the recipient of the 2021 John Coolidge Research Fellowship.
Sarah Horowitz is a PhD candidate in the history of art and architecture at Boston University. Her dissertation, “Designing Postwar American Performing Arts Centers, 1955-1971”, focuses on the architectural and urban history of these cultural buildings and complexes across four regions of the United States. Prior to pursuing her doctoral studies, she was the curatorial assistant at the Picker Art Gallery and the Longyear Museum of Anthropology at Colgate University where she organized a number of permanent collection and special exhibitions. She has also held curatorial and collections research positions at the MIT Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Sarah currently serves as the Editorial Assistant for the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. She received her M.A. in Art History from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst and B.A. in Art History and Museum Studies from Marlboro College.
The NESAH John Coolidge Research Fellowship will support her doctoral research on the construction of postwar American performing arts centers, specifically the study of the Milwaukee Center for the Performing Arts, with travel to the site and archival collections in Milwaukee and Chicago. Designed by American architect Harry Weese between 1966 and 1969, the Milwaukee performing arts center embodies larger ambitions of postwar urban and cultural redevelopment in America’s cities.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Presented via Zoom.
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