Wednesday, July 18, 2012
"Beaulieu" cottage, Newport
"Beaulieu" is another of Newport's oldest cottages. Built between 1856 and 1859 by Calvert Vaux and A.J. Downing for Peruvian merchant Frederico Barreda. It was purchased by William Waldorf Astor for around $300,000. The Astor commissioned extensive renovations on the house and the property. "Beaulieu" used to be right next door to "Beechwood", the cottage of William's aunt Caroline Astor, until Alva Belmont built her cottage "Marble House" on the lot between them. It was later on leased to General Cornelius Vanderbilt III and his wife Grace Wilson (of the marrying Wilsons) for $25,000 seasonally. The Vanderbilts later purchased the house for only $100,000 and commenced renovations. After Garce's death in 1953 at the age of 82, the home was put on the market. Today it is owned by Wiley T. Buchanan Jr. and his wife Ruth Wheeler (heiress to the Dow Chemical Company fortune).