August 8, 2018

Playhouse at the Breakers Mansion

The Playhouse at the Breaker's Mansion is an often overlooked attraction when visiting the popular mansion. It is located near the exit as you walk around the property.

Playhouse Breakers

Six Fun Facts about the Playhouse

  • Some documents refer the playhouse as simply "The Cottage"
  • The Playhouse building was build in 1895, the house was constructed in 1893.
  • Designed by Peabody and Stearns, who designed the original Breaker's Mansion.
  • The Fireplace is a real working fireplace.
  • The playhouse was where the five Vanderbilt children could play in the summertime: William Henry Vanderbilt II, Cornelius Vanderbilt III, Gertrude Vanderbilt, Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt, Gladys Moore Vanderbilt
  • In the back room, where there is a pretend kitchen are two buttons on the wall. One of the buttons says '2nd Floor.' We asked someone about it and they said it was a mystery. However, when you look at the playhouse from the backside, you can clearly see windows as if there is a second floor in the playhouse. The windows are very similar to the ones in the Breaker's Mansion.

Playhouse is the Same Today as it Was Then

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Pictures taken shortly after it was built vs today.

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