Marble was a favourite materials, and, Wharton wrote, perfect for flooring, partitions, bathrooms—properly, every little thing. So maybe the façade of The Marble House did cross muster, with its roughly $2.7 million of white marble shipped from a quarry near the Hudson river. The home additionally used yellow marble from Montagola in Italy and pink Numidian marble that got here from Algeria. She remarks that the drawing room in some homes “is still thought-about sacred to gilding and discomfort” and complains in regards to the trendy upholsterer who “pads and puffs his seats as though they were to kind the furniture of a lunatic’s cell.” She also loathed extendable dining tables. Perhaps this rule didn’t apply by the sea, or solely utilized to curtains? Either way, these days billionaires have their homes removed from Google Street View, which might be seen as the fashionable equivalent.
In reality, Wharton left Newport in 1899 when the view from her elegant octagonal sunroom was compromised by the construction of a home by a designer who clearly had not yet absorbed her design principles. And but the ‘new’ that Wharton abhorred was the oppressive Victoriana of the time, and we predict she would possibly somewhat have admired the Russells/ Vanderbilts. Between the years of 1870 to 1910 or so, Newport’s waterfront was where a number of the world’s wealthiest people owned summer ‘cottages’, and it’s these homes which have been used for a lot of of The Gilded Age interior scenes.
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