The Breakers (1878)

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Coordinates: 41°28′11″N 71°17′55″W / 41.46972°N 71.29861°W / 41.46972; -71.29861 The Breakers (1878) was located on Ochre Point Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island, United States.

Designed by Peabody and Stearns for Pierre Lorillard IV in the Queen Anne style, construction began in 1877 and was completed in 1878. The landscaping was designed by Ernest Bowditch. The Breakers was notable for its high tower and steeply-gabled roof forms. Lorillard sold the house in October 1885 to Cornelius Vanderbilt II, who rehired Peabody and Stearns to remodel the building. The brick and shingle structure was destroyed by fire in 1892, and Vanderbilt replaced it with the more famous house designed by Richard Morris Hunt.

Peabody and Stearns also designed a detached cottage that was built with the mansion in 1877 and used as a children's playhouse. This building survived the 1892 fire and is still standing on the grounds of The Breakers.[1] It is open for tours on the grounds of the current mansion.[citation needed]


  1. ^ ">"National Historic Landmark Nomination, The Breakers". 1994. Retrieved 2010-08-16.