National Geographic : 1955 Jun
795 National Geographic Photographers B. Anthony Stewart and Donald McBain Renaissance Princes Dined in No Greater Splendor than Guests at "The Breakers" In the 1890's Cornelius Vanderbilt commissioned a new summer "cottage" built at fashionable Newport, Rhode Island (pp. 760, 769). Two years later, an Italian palace of 70 rooms emerged on a cliff commanding the sea. Here in the dining room, now open to the public, crystal sconces hang on red alabaster columns; chandeliers drop from a ceiling painting of "Aurora at Dawn." Fixtures were built to light with gas or electricity. Extended, the table seats 34.