Café entrance of The Breakers Welcome Center at the Newport Mansions in Rhode Island. Photograph courtesy of the Preservation Society of Newport County.
The Completed Building
National Building Products in Warwick and our manufacturing division, Reliable Truss, are proud to have been part of this important project. The unusually shaped framework, made with 200 custom precut plywood rafters, became a uniquely beautiful structure.
Designed by Alan Joslin of Epstein Joslin Architects of Cambridge, MA, the Welcome Center was built by Behan Bros. of Middletown, RI, with more than 25 sub-contractors involved in the construction. Construction began in May, 2017 and was completed on time and on budget.
“This is an investment in Newport, in Rhode Island, in our history and in our economy,” said Governor Gina Raimondo at the ribbon-cutting to celebrate the opening on Thursday, June 14, 2018. “I am proud of you and filled with gratitude for your commitment to Rhode Island, and on behalf of the people of Rhode Island, I thank you.”
Four hundred and fifty thousand (450,000) people a year visit the former Vanderbilt mansion, which is now a National Historic Landmark and an icon of America’s Gilded Age. The Breakers Welcome Center provides them with information, tickets, light refreshments, and restrooms.
The $5.5 million Welcome Center introduces visitors to the Newport Mansions inside a light-filled, park-like pavilion, inspired by late 19th century garden conservatory architecture, embedded in a newly rehabilitated historic garden.
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