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Rough Point, Newport

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Rough Point is one of the Gilded Age mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, now open to the public as a museum. It is an English Manorial style home designed by architectural firm Peabody & Stearns for Frederick William Vanderbilt. Construction on the red sandstone and granite began in 1887 and was completed 1892. It is located on Bellevue Avenue and borders the Cliff Walk and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. The original gardens were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted’s firm. The home's last owner was Doris Duke and it is currently owned and operated by the Newport Restoration Foundation.
In 1894, the Vanderbilts began renting Rough Point to summer guests. William Bateman Leeds, Sr., known as the ‘Tinplate King’, rented the home in 1904 and 1905. He was one of the owners of American Tin Plate Company, a tin plate trust. He purchased the 10acre estate in 1906. After he died in 1908, his wife, Nancy Leeds, used John Russell Pope to make some exterior alterations to the home. She remained the owner until 1922. Their son, William Bateman Leeds, Jr., married Princess Xenia Georgievna of Russia.
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  • While visiting Newport has meant visiting many of the mansions, this by far was one of the best we have toured. Worth the time spent. Gorgeous water views.  more »
  • Outstanding ocean views form both inside and outside. Great history of Doris Duke's family and background. We recommend taking the guided tour for a better understanding era and the Duke family's impa...  more »
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  • What a glorious home! We visited today and we were so lucky to have had Jenn show us through the home. It was such luck to have her explain the history of the home to us. I have visited Newport mansions before, but this was my first visit to this Home. A fabulous experience and the best views of all the mansions for sure. We considered it the best home we have toured in Newport. You can feel upon entry that this was indeed someone’s real home and was very special. I would recommend this to all visiting this area. A great gem!
  • I love Newport, it's one of my favorite places to visit. This place is OK to visit. Didn't love it but it was good to visit. If you are familiar with Newport's history you understand how important Dorris Duke is to the shoreline town. Out of interest and respect to her I wanted to check out rough point. It was definitely worth a look. The view from the back lawn is nice for sure. If you don't mind the walk though you can get the view from the cliff walk. Though check it out and make your own determination.

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