Effect: The pediment, adapted from the classical Roman arch, draws attention
to the front door,which is the focal point of a balanced, symmetrical mid-18th century Georgian house.
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Medieval-style crenellations above the window add to the
picturesque aspect of the 1840s Gothic Revival villa.
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Effect: The porte-cochère represents an abstract
version of an
ancient Egyptian columned temple with sharply incised
and round sun discs in smooth finished granite. These
elements reflect the Victorian fascination with ancient
and exotic cultures.
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Green Animals Topiary Garden
Effect: A focal point of the property’s formal garden,
is one of four life-sized animal topiaries designed by a
gardener in the
20th century that inspired Alice Brayton to name
her country estate “Green Animals.
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Effect: The triple arched window, an adaptation of the
of the Italian Renaissance, was a dominant motif of
of the mid-19th century. This window forms the
second story of a central
entrance tower; another common feature
of Italianate houses of the Victorian era.
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Isaac Bell House
Effect: A signature element of McKim, Mead &
White’s Shingle Style
masterpiece of 1883, the
bracket is modeled after Italian Renaissance
dolphins, reflecting the diverse sources of ornament
that appear in the house.
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Effect: The portico provides a monumental entrance
Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt referred to as
her “temple to the arts.”
Architect Richard Morris
Hunt modeled the columns after the originals on the
east façade of the Louvre, an architectural icon of
the Louis XIV period.
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Effect: The loggia, (open porch) with a view of the
countryside or water,
is an essential element of the Italian Renaissance
palazzos that inspired
for The Breakers. The loggia links the central Great
Hall of the
house to the terrace and provides views
of the sea and sky.
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Effect: Encouraging the viewer to walk from the main
the grounds, this classical 18th century French style
pavilion is a
visual focal point of the garden. It offers the visitor
views of the main house,
grand allée, and the partly concealed sunken
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Effect: The classical arch with garlands of flowers and musical instruments captures
the spirit of the
house, which was inspired by the theme of garden entertainments.
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