Newport, Rhode Island: From the Revolution Through the Gilded Age

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  • Start Date May 17 2020   End Date May 22 2020

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Lecturer
Alyce Englund
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Experience the diverse art and architecture of Newport, Rhode Island, from Easton Point's colonial-era homes to the palatial summer cottages of the Gilded Age.

See the best of Newport, Rhode Island before the summer crowds arrive in the company of a scholar of American decorative arts. On this five-day tour, enjoy special access to cultural sites that reflect the city's origins as a mercantile hub and refuge for Baptists, Quakers, Jews, and other religious minorities. Behold the Touro Synagogue, the oldest in the country, and travel to Easton's Point to admire the prized claw-and-ball feet and carved shells on iconic furniture in Newport's colonial houses.

With curators and local experts, wander through the mansions epitomizing the height of the Gilded Age. Learn about architecture and decorative arts from the 17th to the 20th century; dine at private homes and clubs; and visit with local craftspeople, including an opportunity to see a famous yacht under restoration. Accommodations are at the Vanderbilt Hotel, a vintage Newport mansion meticulously restored to its former glory. A transfer to New York City is included.

 
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$5,499
Summary
• Go behind the scenes in Newport's splendid summer cottages including Marble House, the Vanderbilts' 1892 mansion containing 500,000 cubic feet of marble, and The Breakers, designed by Richard Morris Hunt
• Investigate rare 18th-century, Asian-inspired murals at Vernon House, one of Newport's finest colonial homes, with Alyce Perry Englund, a Met decorative arts expert
• Indulge in private visits to historic venues such as Harbour Court, the first permanent waterfront facility of the New York Yacht Club, as well as a special cocktail reception and exhibition tour at the colonial-era Redwood Library & Athenaeum, the oldest continuously operating lending library in the United States still in its original building
• Meet with a member of the Preservation Society of Newport County, who will share the secrets of the city's remarkable buildings and the astonishing tales of their rescue
• Enjoy private visits to the workshops of world-class craftsmen including the John Stevens stone carving shop and Newmans Limited, the famed metalworking and restoration shop
Program Rates From:
$5,499
Summary
• Go behind the scenes in Newport's splendid summer cottages including Marble House, the Vanderbilts' 1892 mansion containing 500,000 cubic feet of marble, and The Breakers, designed by Richard Morris Hunt
• Investigate rare 18th-century, Asian-inspired murals at Vernon House, one of Newport's finest colonial homes, with Alyce Perry Englund, a Met decorative arts expert
• Indulge in private visits to historic venues such as Harbour Court, the first permanent waterfront facility of the New York Yacht Club, as well as a special cocktail reception and exhibition tour at the colonial-era Redwood Library & Athenaeum, the oldest continuously operating lending library in the United States still in its original building
• Meet with a member of the Preservation Society of Newport County, who will share the secrets of the city's remarkable buildings and the astonishing tales of their rescue
• Enjoy private visits to the workshops of world-class craftsmen including the John Stevens stone carving shop and Newmans Limited, the famed metalworking and restoration shop

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