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?