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Built in 1852, Château-sur-Mer was the most palacial mansion on Bellevue Avenue until the Vanderbilts constructed their homes in the 1890s. Noted for its Victorian architecture and furnishings, and stenciled wallpaper, the home was also one of the few Newport mansions used as a year-round residence.

Château-sur-Mer was built by Seth Bradford as a French-style villa for William Shepard Wetmore, who had made his fortune in the China trade. Wetmore's son, George Peabody Wetmore, inherited the home. In the 1870's he went to Europe on an extended trip and left architect Richard Morris Hunt to remodel and decorate the house in the Second Empire style.

Château-sur-Mer has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and designated a National Historic Landmark.

Directions: Château-sur-Mer is located at 474 Bellevue Avenue, in Newport.

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  • Updated Aug 8, 2012
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