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Rosecliff (My Newport Adventures)

Of all the mansions I saw in Newport, Rosecliff was my favorite. It was owned by Hermann and Tessie Oelrichs and designed by Stanford White, completed in 1902. Tessie Oelrichs liked to host parties, and Rosecliff was definitely designed to be her perfect venue. She hosted her first of many, highly-theatrical galas before Rosecliff had even been fully… Continue reading Rosecliff (My Newport Adventures)

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Marble House (My Newport Adventures)

  The Marble House (completed in 1892) was designed by Alva Vanderbilt, who was then the wife of William K. Vanderbilt. The house was designed by Richard Morris Hunt with decoration by Jules Allard and Sons. Ever the manipulative sort, Alva talked her husband into putting the Marble House in her name before it was even built. So when she divorced… Continue reading Marble House (My Newport Adventures)

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The Elms (My Newport Adventures)

    The Elms was the first mansion I saw on my first day in Newport, and it was the perfect way to start my trip. The Elms was built in 1901 for Edward and Herminie Berwind, who made their fortune in the coal industry. It was later occupied by Edward's sister Julia. The house was designed by… Continue reading The Elms (My Newport Adventures)

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An Introduction to Newport

Last week, I was lucky enough to spend some time in Newport, Rhode Island, where I saw eight gorgeous mansions in three days! Over the next week or so, I'll provide you with the scoop on each of them. But before we get started, let's talk about Newport itself.   For anyone who doesn't know, Newport… Continue reading An Introduction to Newport

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My Newport Adventure

If you're wondering why it's been quiet here on A Scholarly Skater, it's because I've been out of town. I just returned from Newport, Rhode Island, where I saw eight spectacular Gilded Age mansions in three days! I've just downloaded all of my photos from the trip (425 in total), and I'm starting to write about… Continue reading My Newport Adventure

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The Gargoyle Appreciation Society

One of the most rewarding aspect of writing this blog has definitely been realizing how many other people share my fascination with gargoyles and grotesques! It has been so wonderful and surprising to hear friends and readers tell me they enjoy my gargoyle posts and miss them when I take a break from them. It… Continue reading The Gargoyle Appreciation Society

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Ask the Scholarly Skater #1 – Your Art Questions Answered

I recently polled my Facebook friends about their burning art-related questions. I got four great questions, for which I hope I gave four good answers. Do you have an art question you want answered? Let me know in the comments!   Question: Why do Greek and Roman gods always appear naked? Answer: Different cultures and religions… Continue reading Ask the Scholarly Skater #1 – Your Art Questions Answered

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My visit to Lyndhurst, an American castle

This past weekend, I finally got the opportunity to visit someplace I've wanted to see for a long time - Lyndhurst mansion! Lyndhurst is an huge house in Tarrytown, New York. It was first built in the 1838 and enlarged in 1864. Three families lived in the house between its completion and 1961 - those of politician William Paulding, businessman George Merritt, and Gilded… Continue reading My visit to Lyndhurst, an American castle

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How to Have Great Historic Site Visit (Art Appreciation 101)

If you enjoy jaw-dropping architecture, significant collections of fine and decorative arts, and historical artifacts, you may want to visit some historic sites. Historic house museums and other places of national or historic importance are frequently open to the public for touring. Historic sites are fun because they give you the rare opportunity to feel as though you're… Continue reading How to Have Great Historic Site Visit (Art Appreciation 101)

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Think gargoyle-ly, act locally

I spent my Saturday morning gargoyle hunting, and I found these charming little grotesques on a small house on the grounds of a church I sometimes attend. (To be more accurate, I already knew of their existence. I didn't find them as much as I sought them out to take their picture.) Interestingly, I didn't spot a single gargoyle… Continue reading Think gargoyle-ly, act locally