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Rough Point, Newport

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#6 of 17 in Historic Sites in Newport
Rough Point is one of the Gilded Age mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, now open to the public as a museum. It is an English Manorial style home designed by architectural firm Peabody & Stearns for Frederick William Vanderbilt. Construction on the red sandstone and granite began in 1887 and was completed 1892. It is located on Bellevue Avenue and borders the Cliff Walk and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. The original gardens were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted’s firm. The home's last owner was Doris Duke and it is currently owned and operated by the Newport Restoration Foundation.HistoryIn 1894, the Vanderbilts began renting Rough Point to summer guests. William Bateman Leeds, Sr., known as the ‘Tinplate King’, rented the home in 1904 and 1905. He was one of the owners of American Tin Plate Company, a tin plate trust. He purchased the 10acre estate in 1906. After he died in 1908, his wife, Nancy Leeds, used John Russell Pope to make some exterior alterations to the home. She remained the owner until 1922. Their son, William Bateman Leeds, Jr., married Princess Xenia Georgievna of Russia.
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  • This mansion is fascinating. We visited after we got done with the cliff walk. It was beautiful and the most authentic and lived in mansion we toured. Make sure to stop by. They do a person led tour w...  more »
  • Not part of the Newport historical society but worth the stop. Doris Duke interesting person. Obvious someone lived here by the décor.  more »
  • What a wonderful insight into life at "Rough Point" in the depths of Winter. While Doris Duke was enjoying Hawaii at holiday time, life still went on at her mansion. Fascinating to see the "Undecked" ...  more »
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  • Do NOT visit this mansion off season. We paid $15 for a tour in the mansion. Only four rooms were open and ALL the furniture was covered with sheets. We were told to 'imagine what it would have looked like.' Docent read from notes. The four of us were very disappointed and felt ripped off.
  • Great tour of a mansion. The grounds are beautiful
  • A beautiful and well maintained mansion. The tour guides really know what they're talking about, I swear you could point to anything in a room and they could tell you all about it.
  • Not on the mansion pass but we ended up with an hour and a half personal tour on a Saturday, what are the odds!? Guide was very knowledgeable, personable, and very much wanted to share with you. Great experience.
  • Very cool house. We thought this was more livable than so.e of the super fancy ones. Loved the outside portion. We saw the winter tour and are looking forward to going back in my the summer.
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