Researching and writing about historic buildings? Solving architectural history mysteries? I'm on the case.
I was fortunate to spend 8 weeks researching - from garret to basement - the architectural history of The Breakers in Newport, Rhode Island. Cornelius Vanderbilt's 1893 mansion, designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt, is the preeminent symbol of Gilded-Age Newport. Operated now as a museum by the Preservation Society of Newport County, the building is a union of both lavish art and the science of innovative 19th century building technology.
My research of the architectural drawings, correspondence, historic inspirations, evolution of the design, construction timeline, and various companies laid the groundwork for a better understanding and a richer interpretation of the Vanderbilt's summer home.