Photos: © Belcourt www.belcourt.com
Belcourt of Newport (sometimes referred to as Belcourt Castle or Belcourt Mansion) is a magnificent, chateau-style 'summer villa-stable built in 1894 by Oliver Belmont and carefully restored by Carolyn Rafaelian'. Via the Belcourt website (link below), tickets can be purchased for weekend tours of the castle.
From the Belcourt of Newport website:
“Belcourt Mansion. In 1891, Oliver Belmont hired the distinguished architect Richard Morris Hunt to design his dream home: a mansion that would serve as a summer cottage for him and his many horses.
Belmont’s bachelor pad was as much a private getaway (he set it next to a forest of trees) as it was a space to pamper his horses. Hunt thoughtfully designed the ground floor around an enormous carriage room and stables—with cream and maroon tiles lining the walls, yellow brick pavement, and a central marble trough. Belmont could ride his horses from the stables to the grounds and all the way to the ocean. The mansion had a single bedroom in it, so he could live in privacy with his horses.
And Hunt, the first American to study at the renowned École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, was no stranger to creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces. He designed the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, the façade of the Metropolitan Museum of Art,and many buildings across the country—including Newport’s illustrious mansions, Marble House and The Breakers, and the Biltmore Mansion in the mountains of North Carolina—between 1867 and 1895.
Belcourt Mansion and Carolyn Rafaelian
Belcourt is just a small part of a larger picture — one that celebrates Rhode Island history and culture. It all stems from Carolyn Rafaelian, a native entrepreneur who values the human aspect of business.
Her other ventures include Bar and Board Bistro — a classic Newport-inspired restaurant — and reviving Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard, New England’s oldest vineyard, auspiciously located on the 42nd parallel”.
657 Bellevue Ave, Newport, Rhode Island 02840, United States
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