I have to agree with everyone else, the coverage from Afghanistan was amazing. All the photo's by Tim were outstanding and it was hard to pick one for our puzzle. I finally settled on a cropped version of Anderson having dinner with soldiers and village elders. I liked the intensity on his face and the soldiers flanking him on either side.
I know we are all glad to hear Anderson is safely home. I wonder if we will see him on set this coming week? Last week was very intense and, as much as I hate to say it, I think he and his team probably deserve a little break. In bygone years, Anderson might have spent a few days recuperating at his Great Great Grandfathers summer "cottage," The Breakers. A few weeks ago, Book Asylum was kind enough to forward us an article on The Breakers.
History of the Breakers
The Breakers was originally a wooden home purchased by Cornelius Vanderbilt III. He commissioned architect Richard Morris Hunt to remodel the home. Hunt chose to recreate the seaside palazzo's of Genoa and Turin, Italy. The Breakers is named for the ocean waves crashing in from the Atlantic. The mansion covers approximately 130,000 sq.ft, has 70 rooms and 23 bathrooms. The rooms include a 50 ft wide, long and high Grand Hall, a Music Room, a dazzling 2400 sq ft dining room with twelve enormous rose alabaster pillars and a Billiards room with a detailed mosaic ceiling and twenty varieties of marble. The Library has a massive marble fireplace acquired from a 16th century French Chateau. The bathtub is carved out of a single piece of marble and has a supply of hot, cold and saltwater tapped directly from the ocean. It took over two years to construct the various parts of the mansion many of which were shipped from Europe.
Anderson's Great Aunt Gladys eventually inherited The Breakers. She was an ardent supporter of The Preservation Society of Newport County and "opened" The Breakers in 1948 to raise funds for the Society. In 1972, the Preservation Society purchased the house from her heirs. Today, the house is designated a National Historic Landmark. If you ever visit the Rhode Island estate, you might choose to take one of the new taped tours they have developed. Apparently, Pat Coleman, the daughter of one of the Vanderbilt's chambermaids, is featured on the tour and shares the following tidbit about life on the estate.
"The sheets had to be changed twice a day. She always talked about all the amount of laundry that they generated. They would wear something once, it would go to the laundry. The bath would be drawn, those towels would go to the laundry. Each bath was made of marble so thick and cold, a maid had to fill and empty it twice before the bath was warm enough for a Vanderbilt."
I am a huge fan of all things Christmas (except shopping!) and have heard the Christmas tours are amazing but I'm thinking we will save those pictures for the holidays! In the mean time, enjoy these amazing photo's of The Breakers.
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