Wednesday, July 18, 2012
"Beaulieu" The Newport Residence of Grace Wilson Vanderbilt
When Grace Wilson Vanderbilt was not entertaining at the massive Vanderbilt palace at 640 Fifth Avenue or replenishing her wardrobe in Paris, she was summering at her cottage in Newport, RI, "Beaulieu". The Vanderbilts had purchased the property in 1911 and before that had rented it for $25,000 seasonally. The main house included 16 bedrooms, a library, billiard room, drawing room, dining room, wide surrounding veranda and rooms for 15 servants. Grace's most famous party the "Fete des Roses" was held here. For it a miniature theatre had be set up on the lawn for the Broadway show "Red Rose Inn", which had been brought all the way from New York City. The party was said to have cost $265,000. Grace continued to live here until her death in 1953 at the age of 82, after which it was sold to its present day owners.