Historical Origin And Design Inspiration
Seaview Terrace was originally built on Dupont Circle, in Washington, D.C., by liquor millionaire Edson Bradley. The mansion was located on the south side of Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., on a lot covering more than half of a city block. The site was made available by demolishing the Gardiner Hubbard mansion, a huge Victorian house. The original incarnation included a Gothic chapel with seating for 150, a large ballroom, an art gallery, and a 500-seat theatre, known as Aladdin's Palace. It is the fifth-largest of Newport's mansions, after The Breakers, Ochre Court, Belcourt Castle, and Rough Point.
In 1923, Mr. Bradley had the parts of this castle dismantled, and shipped to an oceanfront property in Newport, R.I. This work continued for two years where Seaview Terrace was rebuilt, larger and grander than before. When the pieces were moved from Washington DC to Newport RI, it required the use of many railroad cars and trucks. It is believed to be one of the largest homes to be moved in this manner. Rooms imported intact from France were moved from the Bradley's home in Washington, D.C. to Newport, and reassembled with the mansion constructed around them.
A pre-existing Elizabethan residence formerly owned by James Kernochan was incorporated into the design. In keeping with its seaside location, the manor house features turrets, stained-glass windows, high arching doorways and shell motifs. When the work was complete, there were 17 rooms on the first floor, 25 on the second, and 12 on the third. Seaview Terrace cost over two million dollars to build. Mrs. Bradley died in August 1929 and her funeral was held in the house's chapel. Edson Bradley spent five more summers at the mansion until he died in 1935.
The Carey Mansion has never throughout its history had any sort of fencing or wall surrounding the property. There are two main gateposts, but around the rest of the property a decorative hedge is used, rather unsuccessfully, to keep people away, making it the largest of its kind in Newport with such a characteristic.
Most Designs Used Today Were Conceived Hundreds Of Years Ago By Some Of The Worlds Most Famous Architects And Designers Working For The Aristocracies And The Well To Do Of Their Period.
Many of these architects and designers are as well known as Leonardo da Vinci (renaissance architecture) or Michelangelo,s (baroque architecture) as well as more recently William Morris, John Ruskin (founders of the Arts and Crafts furniture movement in circa 1800 England) Gustave Stickley (founder of the American Arts and Crafts movement in America circa 1900.) Frank Loyd Wright, Charles and Henry Greene to name a few.
Every Successful Creative Enterprise Is Always Built On A Foundation That Was Laid Down By Its Predecessors.
All creative people are dependent upon the groundwork laid down by those who came before them. H. J. Nick, artist and direct descendant of the Marbella brothers, and Scottsdale Art Factory have built on these foundations and have raised the bar of quality even higher. Thus setting a new standard and offering the finest one of a kind handmade furnishings found anywhere in the world in the 21st century.
Today Our Master Craftsman Build All Of Our Products Using The Identical Methods And Materials Of The Historical Period Of Each Furnishings Design Conception.
All 21st Century Designs Are Also Built By Our Master Craftsman Using These Classic Traditional Methods.
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