'Rough Point' ~ the Duke estate in Newport, RI. First built by Frederick Vanderbilt, it was later sold to James B. Duke, who had Horace Trumbauer renovate the home. It was later inherited by Doris Duke, becoming one of her favorite homes.
The Gilded Age Era: The William A. Clark Mansion, New York City Senator William A. Clark decided to move his business empire to New York City & felt that townhouses already standing were too shabby for him to live in, so he decided to show everyone how to build a true palace worth living in. Lord, Hewlett & Hull to drew up plans for a massive mansion occupying the corner of 960 Fifth Avenue, which would cost $7 million. Clark sent them to Henri Deglane in Paris for further embellishments.
The Breakers | Cornelius Vanderbilt II, Newport, RI. Pictured: The Arcade, in an Italian Renaissance style and contains a sculpted fireplace designed by Karl Bitter. The vaulted ceiling is hand-painted with a blue mural of garlands and cherubs covered with a diaper pattern applied in gold leaf. The arcade contains two 17th-century Italian chairs bearing the coat of arms of the Borghese and Barberini families.