By KIMBERLEY HAAS
Fans of HBO’s “The Gilded Age” can take a guided tour of one of the mansions where the popular show created by Julian Fellowes is being filmed this fall.
“The Gilded Age” begins in 1882 with the character Marian Brook moving from rural Pennsylvania to New York City to live with her thoroughly old-money aunts, Agnes van Rhijn and Ada Brook after the death of her father.
The show’s first-year finale earned 1.6 million viewers across HBO platforms, according to Alexandra Del Rosario at Deadline. Rotten Tomatoes critics said the show has “an outstanding cast making the travails of the rich a compelling watch.”
In real life, The Elms was the summer home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Julius Berwind of Philadelphia and New York.
According to The Preservation Society of Newport County, Berwind made his fortune in the coal industry.
Architect Horace Trumbauer was asked to design a house modeled after the mid-18th century French chateau d’Asnieres outside Paris in 1898. Construction was completed in 1901.
The mansion reportedly cost approximately $1.4 million to build.
The property, located at 367 Bellevue Avenue, stands out because of the fountains and sculptures, which can be seen outside in the elaborate gardens and on the exterior of the mansion.
The Breakers, the grandest of Newport’s summer “cottages” and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family’s social and financial pre-eminence in the Gilded Age, is also featured in the show, which stars Louisa Jacobson, Christine Baranski, and Cynthia Nixon.
Built between 1893 and 1895 at the cost of over $7 million, The Breakers located at 44 Ochre Point Avenue in Newport, RI, was the summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II. He became the president and chairman of New York Central Railroad in 1885.
You can view a gallery of The Breakers here.
According to an article by Paul Edward Parker at The Providence Journal, 10% to 20% of “The Gilded Age” story is set in Newport. Filming also takes place in Long Island, upstate New York, and Long Island.
Filming for “The Gilded Age” is expected to take place soon in Rhode Island.
The Elms and Marble House will be closed from October 3 to 29 so crews can work.
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