Wealthy southerners started to build summer cottages on Bellevue Avenue from the middle of the 19th century, and were soon joined by wealthy northerners.  Kingscote was built in 1839, Beechwood in 1851, and Chateau-sur-Mer in 1852.  By the turn of the 20th century, some of the very largest of the mansions, or "cottages", were being built; for example, The Breakers, Ochre Court and Rough Point. 

Many of these have been preserved and are open to the public.  Some are not open as they are privately owned like Beechwood that belongs to Larry Ellison (Oracle Corporation).  Ochre Court, though owned by Salve Regina College, allows visitors on the ground floor, but not upstairs, and also permits interior photography.  Admission is free.  Generally, interior photography of the houses is not permitted, so most of the interior views are not mine, and are credited as appropriate.  

Tour The Mansions

Travel - Rhode Island - Newport Mansions

Click on any Mansion from the list on the left to see the photographs.