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Sun Jan 18, 2015, 04:33 PM

62. They were also responsible for some that was hilariously bad

A tour of the Newport "cottages" is quite an experience in class arrogance and cultural inferiority at the same time.

Most of the cottages on the tour have at least one, and usually several, rooms that were dismantled from great houses in Europe and reassembled here, presumably so the new owners could impress the titled former owners with them. The enormous piles of masonry usually had one or two splendid spaces designed by architects then a hodgepodge of reassembled rooms, often gloomy ones so you know why the decadent aristocracy in Europe parted with them.

It was new money social climbing at its gaudiest and most futile.

I haven't been to Miami Beach in many years, either, but I imagine a few of the art deco structures were saved, only to be dwarfed and kept in perpetual shadow by high rise monstrosities.

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