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Chateau-sur-Mer, Newport

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Historic Site
Chateau-sur-Mer is the first of the grand Bellevue Avenue mansions of the Gilded Age in Newport, Rhode Island. Located at 424 Bellevue Avenue, it is now owned by the Preservation Society of Newport County, and is open to the public as a museum. Chateau-sur-Mer's grand scale and lavish parties ushered in the Gilded Age of Newport, as it was the most palatial residence in Newport until the Vanderbilt houses in the 1890s. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006.Description and historyChateau-sur-Mer was completed in 1852 as an Italianate villa for William Shepard Wetmore, a merchant in the China trade, who was born on January 26, 1801, in St. Albans, Vermont. The architect and builder was Seth C. Bradford; the structure is a landmark of Victorian architecture, furniture, wallpapers, ceramics and stenciling. Mr. Wetmore died on June 16, 1862, at Chateau-sur-Mer, leaving the bulk of his fortune to his son, George Peabody Wetmore. George later married Edith Keteltas in 1869. During the 1870s, the Wetmores departed on an extended trip to Europe, leaving architect Richard Morris Hunt to remodel and redecorate the house in the French Second Empire style. As a result, Chateau-sur-Mer displays most of the major design trends of the last half of the 19th century. The house is constructed of Fall River Granite. Hunt's alterations greatly expanded the house, adding a new three-story wing, a porte-cochere, and a projecting four-story tower with mansard roof. The carriage house was also enlarged, in a manner sympathetic to Bradford's original design. Hunt also designed the entrance gate of the estate, which are somewhat Greek Revival in style, but with posts modeled after Egyptian obelisks.
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  • This smaller house may take as long as the other larger mansions to tour because it's not an audio guided tour. You're guided by a person, which is even better than audio because you can ask questions...  more »
  • I'm so glad I chose this mansion as one of the 2 I would see while vacationing in the area. The restoration of this beautiful and artistically decorated mansion has been excellently accomplished. the ...  more »
  • A Richard Hunt classic that shouldn't be missed. The collections are endless, no matter where you turn you'll be amazed. So many people just see The Breakers and Marble House, but this is real gem!  more »
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  • I would have enjoyed the tour more if it wasn't guided. The other mansions have self-guided, audio tours. This one dragged on because the guide gave impertinent facts. Boring.
  • Beautiful house, I spent a wonderful time and really interested the history. Excellent job of the man who explain everything about the house.
  • Amazing house. Each of the rooms were beautifully decorated with gorgeous woodwork, furnishings and rich wall coverings. A great contrast from the over-the-top gilded mansions
  • Definitely worth seeing! Amazing woodwork throughout the home with a unique look compared with the other mansions in town. Very informative guided tour.
  • Fascinating and very well preserved house. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and had lots of interesting anecdotes about the house and it's previous occupants.