Over the summer I had the opportunity to visit Rhode Island and I wanted to share about this really neat 18th century, 60,000 square foot home! The Berdwin’s started building the home in 1898 and finished it in 1901. Here are a few pictures and some cool features about the home.
One of the first rooms I toured was Berdwin’s library or otherwise known today as the man cave. It was very masculine with dark wood and deep red walls.
This is the sun room is where they brought the outside in. They relaxed in this room and loved playing card games such as Bridge in this room.
The drawing room below is for Mrs. Berdwin and her friends to gather and chat. This sitting room is made up of pastel colors, custom designed furniture, beautiful wood floors and a gorgeous portrait ceiling.
The next large room is the ball room. Look at the detail in the wood work and curtains. It’s definitely a display of wealth.
The formal dining room has a series of paintings from the Venetian palace. What a grand and truly remarkable dining room! Owning Venetian paintings showed wealth in the Gilded Age.
Step into the Breakfast room that was designed around the Chinese lacquer panels hung on the walls.
I’d sure love to have a butlers pantry like the one below! This room is a weigh station between the kitchen downstairs and the guests at the table. The butlers also ate in this room.
Their are 7 bedrooms for family and maybe a guest of honor. The family had 3 smaller guest houses for any visitors also. Some of the bedrooms were The Rose Room, The Louis XV Room, The Van Alen Room, The Green Room, etc.
Did you know that the women changed clothes five times a day? They changed into one outfit for breakfast, a white tennis outfit, a swim suit, a walking suit, a carriage ride dress, and ball gowns, plus gloves and matching shoes for every outfit.
Also, white subway tile is “back in style”! So neat! I didn’t realize how historic, it really is.
Talk about a linen closet! Wow!
Can you imagine having a cold prep kitchen and your normal kitchen? Or a pantry that big?! Or an island that big? What about initials engraved on your pots and pans? The Elm’s kitchen pictured below produced food on an industrial scale for all of the meals and parties. Maid wise, the men did the cooking and the women did the cleaning.
The third floor was the servant head quarters. The staff consisted of 33 people that mostly lived upstairs in the mansion.
Mr. Berdwin also had the first residential ice maker!
This home was built for $1.4 million which would equate to $6 million today!!! Wow! This tour was really educational and a fun memory, I hope you enjoyed these photos as much as I did!
*The above information is believed to be true and accurate.