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The Vanderbilt Mansion: The Breakers

(BAD) Blog About Design: The Vanderbilt Mansion: The Breakers

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Vanderbilt Mansion: The Breakers
Constructed between 1893 and 1895 the Vanderbilt Mansion named The Breakers, cost a staggering $12 million to construct (approximately $316 million today). Designed by architect Richard Hunt, the 65,000 square foot home is now a U.S National Historic Landmark.   This home is one of my favorite historic mansions in the U.S. The attention to detail and impeccable quality are not found in modern architecture. The facade of the home is adorned in limestone, the roof Terra cotta tile. I love Terra cotta tile because of its longevity. Terra cotta tiles are more expensive than other roofing materials but their long-lasting nature can make them a smart choice. The relationship between the mansion and the ocean is dramatic because of the homes higher elevation. If you ever have a chance to visit the mansion you should. This home is a perfect example of the American Renaissance period and historic American culture.

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