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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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  • Fascinating tour of the Doris Duke home! Our tour guide, Charles, was so knowledgeable and made this experience educational and fun! Highly recommend making this tour and suggest doing it earlier in t...  more »
  • Not a part of the Preservation Society of Newport Co., but a very worthwhile property to visit. Majestic setting and well furnished and maintained.  more »
  • I had to pay a separate entrance fee for this tour as it wasn't included in the 5 mansion ticket, but it was really worth seeing.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Very bright home. Of course, wonderfully decorated and maintained. Exquisite gardens. DON'T MISS!
  • One of my favorite mansions in Newport, Rhode Island. The walk on the cliffs by the ocean was great.
  • Doris Duke's home is worth seeing for the main reason that the house is left with all her furnishings. She had eclectic taste with items from around the world. It is a fun tour too. I loved it!

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