Friday, July 14, 2017

Marble House - Upstairs Downstairs




Marble House was built as a summer cottage in Newport by one of the Vanderbilts.  At her insistence the budget was unlimited, she spent $11,000,000 in the late 1800's, put the house in her name, and threw her husband out a couple of years later and married her younger lover.  Oh, and the "cottage" was built for the six week summer season, never intended to be lived in year around. 

I am always impressed by the grand houses.  I think of the grand parties and entertaining that could take place.  While the elaborate upstairs are elegant, I am more fascinated by the working parts of the house.  If there is reincarnation, I was the butler in one of these places in a previous life.  

Would you be more comfortable upstairs or downstairs?  

14 comments:

  1. Definitely downstairs. I'd be too worried about scratching my nose (or somewhere else...) at the wrong time.

    Although those downstairs folk mostly had to work their buns off. Hmm. Just as well I was born when I was, I think.

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  2. neither; that world is not for me. I like my humble house.

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  3. In the dungeon, where sadistic orgies are taking place, hopefully.

    :-)

    -Andy

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  4. Oh dear. Where are more of the handsome men? That's where I'd be. I love Newport and have done several post of them. My first time was just a couple years ago. Its beautiful there. I think my two favorites were Marble House and Rosewood. Just before I went to Argentina I also found a gem right here in Philly. A huge mansion from the Gilded Age and built by Horace Trumbauer. The Elkins Estate. I did a post on it. Unbeknownst to me there are several of his mansions in Elkins Park. Unfortunately one was torn down, one converted to offices and one is very badly dilapidated. Thankfully the Elkins Estate is still preserved.....for now. You'd love the house.

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  5. Why upstairs of corse, where any Fearsome Beard should be. (Except when no one is looking and I'm downstairs where the fun is.)

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  7. I always found the houses fascinating to tour and appalling to consider. All built on the egos of these ridiculous people. Besides, the first thing my mother said was, "Oh, so much to dust!"

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  8. As you know, I was made for marble.

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