Breakers Mansion

RI News
8:53 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Newport Zoning Board OKs Breakers Welcome Center

The Breakers Mansion in Newport
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Newport’s zoning board of review approved a welcome center at the city’s historic Breakers Mansion Monday night.  Groups have been squabbling over the center for over a year.

At issue is a 3600 square-foot visitors’ center that will house snacks, ticketing and information.  The problem is its potential placement on the front lawn of the gilded age mansion. A local neighborhood association fighting it said the center would degrade the site’s historic nature.  The Preservation Society of Newport County, which operates the mansion, said it needs the upgraded facility.

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RI News
12:02 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Newport Zoning Board To Hold Final Hearings On Breakers Visitor Center

The Breakers Mansion in Newport
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One of the last meetings in an ongoing battle over a visitor’s center at the historic Breakers Mansion in Newport will be held Tuesday.  

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Newport
9:41 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Breakers Mansion Visitor Center Clears Major Hurdle

The Breakers Mansion in Newport is at the heart of a dispute over whether to place a visitor center on its historic grounds.
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In Newport, a visitor center proposed at the Breakers Mansion passed a major hurdle last night.

The hotly contested center is still far from a reality.

The Preservation Society of Newport County which owns the Breakers Mansion wants to build a visitor center, which would house bathrooms, information, and food on the mansion’s property.

They say it’s needed to support the approximately four-hundred thousand annual visitors.

The Society applied for approval of the project from the city’s historic district commission, but was denied.

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