Take a Look at this 19th-Century Palace-Like Mansion on Rhode Island Where Jennifer Lawrence Got Married
Lover her or hate her, it’s no doubt that Jennifer Lawrence is one of the most iconic stars of this generation. Aside from being honest and at the same time relatable, the star is famous for her quirkiness and, of course, her incomparable acting skills.
This is quite proven because, at the age of 20, she got her first nod from the Academy for the film Winter’s Bone and she finally earned her first Oscar in 2012 for her portrayal in the Silver Linings Playbook opposite Bradley Cooper.
Aside from being a talented actress, J. Law is known for being outspoken, especially about the gender pay gap in Hollywood. Now, she is a two-time highest-paid actress, according to Forbes, with a net worth of $46 million.
When we think she already has everything, just recently, our favorite girl on fire became a missus! The American Hustle thespian tied the knot with New York-based art gallerist Cooke Maroney in a dreamy 19th-century mansion on Rhode Island that is perfect for their 150 high-profile guests from Hollywood and the art, including Emma Stone, Adele, Kris Jenner, and Amy Schumer.
Bachelor Pad Turned Mansion
Though the couple has kept their romance private, the venue for their wedding is a big statement itself. Built in 1894, the Belcourt of Newport was originally designed to be a bachelor’s pad for the original owner Oliver Belmont, who wanted a house that would accommodate him and his horses.
So, in 1891, he appointed one of America’s premier architect, Richard Morris Hunt – the same man who designed the face of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and also one of the brains behind the Statue of Liberty Pedestal – who, being the Beaux-Arts alumnus that he is, became inspired by the hunting lodge of Louis XIII in Versailles, but this time with lots of stables and just a single room for the horse-loving Oliver.
House for the Suffragettes
Not long after the mansion’s completion, Belmont fell in love with his feminist and suffragette, Alva Vanderbilt, who added a dash of her personality on the place, too. Making the house more fit for human visitors than horses, she turned the stables on the first level into a living space, changed some of the rooms to fit social gatherings, and added a library.
Now, the mansion belongs to Alex and Ani founder Carolyn Rafaelian, who bought this palace of a house for $3.6 million in 2012.
Apart from having a rich history – the place was also regarded as one of the hosts for suffragettes where they talked about advancing women’s rights, very apt for Jennifer – the house is indeed a true work of art.
On the outside, it draws inspiration from French design with its doric pilasters, a tall roof that has slates imported from Pennsylvania, arched windows, and brick and clay walls. As part of the mansion’s renovation, solar panels were also added to the roof.
Exhaustive Plasterworks and Columns
If the exterior bores you, the inside will tickle your mind with the intricacies of plasterworks on bedroom walls, the fireplace, and ceiling of the library, as well as the detailing on woodworks on the ground level.
Probably the cherries on the top of the interior of the house are the dining room and the vaulted upper ballroom. The dining room is surrounded by Corinthian columns and to keep you more grounded, it also has a dome-shaped ceiling complete with astonishing plasterwork.
The music room will make you think you are in a church with its vaulted ceilings while gothic windows surround the room, which is heavily adorned with molding plasters. The star of the room must be the chimney that has a very exhaustive castle molding.
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