The Breakers (Lorillard)

44 Ochre Point Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island

Completed in 1878 for Pierre Lorillard IV (1833-1901) and his wife Emily Taylor (1841-1925). Designed by Peabody & Stearns, the Queen-Anne style residence was noted for its steeply gabled roof, high tower and the detached cottage that was used by the Lorillard's children as a playhouse - which still stands....
In 1885, in order to develop Tuxedo park in New York, the Lorillards sold the home they'd christened "The Breakers" to Cornelius Vanderbilt II (1843-1899) and his wife Alice Claypoole Gwynne (1845-1934). The Vanderbilts rehired the original architects to carry out several improvements to the house. But, just seven years later (1892), a fire ravaged the old mansion and it was replaced by what is recognized today as Newport's - and one of America's - most iconic mansion The Breakers.

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Contributed by Mark Meredith on 28/06/2019 and last updated on 30/12/2023.


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