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Rough Point, Newport, Rhode Island

This 105-room Gilded Age mansion was built for Frederick William Vanderbilt in 1887. Unlike so many historic mansions, this one has a very recent social history. Owned by tobacco heiress and philanthropist Doris Duke until her death in 1993, the home is now a museum featuring art works by Renoir, Gainsborough and van Dyck. The property allows visitors a glimpse of Duke’s world-class collection, the home and her fascinating life. The mansion overlooks the coastline and is surrounded by grounds designed by Central Park architect Frederick Law Olmsted.

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