Rough Point Mansion - Go Wandering
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Rough Point Mansion
Rough Point Mansion
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Lat: 41.455368
Lon: -71.305374
Ele: 39 ft
Weather: ° and (more weather)
Rhode Island Rhode Island
Lat: 41.455368   |    Lon: -71.305374   |    Ele: 39 ft   |    Current weather: ° and (see monthly averages)
Rhode Island Rhode Island

Built in 1887 for a Vanderbilt heir, this mansion has 105 rooms full of antiques and unique items that were collected on worldwide travels of the last person that lived in the home.

The beautiful Rough Point Mansion was originally built in 1887 for Frederick W. Vanderbilt, who was the 6th son of William H. Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt sold the mansion in 1906 to William B. Leeds and then in 1922, Leeds's widow sold it to James B. Duke - the benefactor of Duke University. Renovations were underway and only 1 year after the completion Duke passed away, which was in 1924. He left everything to his 12-year-old daughter named Doris Duke, which was his home and fortune of $100 million. Doris Duke had many other homes, including one in Hawaii. She loved Newport and liked to live in Rough Point in the summertime. She was a tobacco heiress, a philanthropist, and was somewhat of a recluse.

Rough Point is 39,000 square feet. It is an English Manorial style home designed by the architectural firm Peabody & Stearns in 1887. Red sandstone and granite were used and construction was completed in 1892. Doris traveled all over the world and spent 30 years during her travels buying and collecting unique items for her mansion. Some interesting items include thousands of paintings, such as a Renoir and a Van Dyke portrait of King Charles 11, some Chinese porcelain, and hand-painted wallpaper. She even has large ancient tapestries from the Palace of Versailles, plus 2 end tables that belonged to Catherine The Great. Duke loved animals and had 10 large dogs that lived with her and had free reign of the mansion because they were considered her family. They were big dogs and would sit on the antique furniture and sometimes knock over very expensive items. She even had a room for repairing the items and they can be seen on the tour throughout the home. Doris had a swimming pool in her basement that had saltwater pumped in and a single-person elevator to take her to the pool. Duke died at the age of 80 years old in 1993. In her will, she wanted the mansion to be made into a museum and it was officially opened to the public in 2000. The mansion is set up just as it was when Doris Duke last left it in 1992. There are so many interesting things about the home and the garden that a tour would be extremely interesting and well worth a visit.

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