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The David W. Dangremond Lecture

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Newport Cottages 1835-1890: The Summer Villas Before the Vanderbilt Era

Author Michael C. Kathrens reveals the luxury and splendor of Newport’s 19th-century summer “cottages,” the subject of his most recent book. In the mid- to late 19th century, scores of magnificent homes were commissioned by America’s wealthiest and most prominent families. They built their summer residences in neighborhoods known today as Kay-Catherine-Old Beach Road, Bellevue Avenue, Ochre Point and Ocean Drive, commissioning local talents as well as nationally renowned architects. Kathrens will discuss the ownership histories, original structures and later renovations of these houses, including Chateau-sur-Mer and the original Breakers.

Kathrens’ new book Newport Cottages 1835-1890: Summer Villas before the Vanderbilt Era, will be available for purchase at the reception and the author will be available to sign copies.

Michael C. Kathrens, author and independent scholar

Michael C. Kathrens is an independent scholar specializing in American residential architecture and interior decoration of the mid-19th through the early 20th centuries. His previous publications include American Splendor: The Residential Architecture of Horace Trumbauer; The Great Houses of New York: 1880-1930; Newport Villas: 1885-1935, The Revival Styles; and Kansas City Houses 1885-1938.

Kathrens is currently working on three projects: The Houses of Ogden Codman Jr.; New York Penthouses and Maisonettes; and a comprehensive study of prominent historical Kansas City stores.

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