The Newport Mansions
Channel your inner Crawley and get a taste of America's own Downton Abbey lifestyle in the opulent and iconic Newport Mansions. Meticulously preserved, and in some cases with museum-quality art collections, these grand summer "cottages" of the Gilded Age's rich and famous are a must-see. And if you love this period in history or costumed dramas in general, you won't want to miss HBO's hit, The Gilded Age by Downton creator Julian Fellowes - and filmed in Rhode Island's own Newport Mansions! Watch the show and then visit the gorgeous, historically authentic, and beautifully preserved settings where the scenes were filmed. See below for more information on The Gilded Age. Go to The Preservation Society of Newport County to book your Gilded Age tour to explore the show's settings in person!
The Gilded Age
From creator Julian Fellowes (“Downton Abbey”), HBO’s THE GILDED AGE is available to stream on HBO Max. Written by Julian Fellowes and Sonja Warfield, and directed by Michael Engler and Salli Richardson-Whitfield, the nine-episode drama series stars an ensemble cast of Carrie Coon, Morgan Spector, Denée Benton, Louisa Jacobson, Taissa Farmiga, Blake Ritson, Simon Jones, Harry Richardson, Thomas Cocquerel, Jack Gilpin, with Cynthia Nixon and Christine Baranski.
The American Gilded Age was a period of immense economic change, of great conflict between the old ways and brand new systems, and of huge fortunes made and lost. Against the backdrop of this transformation, HBO’s The Gilded Age begins in 1882 with young Marian Brook (Jacobson) moving from rural Pennsylvania to New York City after the death of her father to live with her thoroughly old money aunts Agnes van Rhijn (Baranski) and Ada Brook (Nixon). Accompanied by Peggy Scott (Benton), an aspiring writer seeking a fresh start, Marian inadvertently becomes enmeshed in a social war between one of her aunts, a scion of the old money set, and her stupendously rich neighbors, a ruthless railroad tycoon and his ambitious wife, George (Spector) and Bertha Russell (Coon). Exposed to a world on the brink of the modern age, will Marian follow the established rules of society, or forge her own path?
Credits: Creator/writer/executive producer, Julian Fellowes; executive producer, Gareth Neame; director/executive producer, Michael Engler; executive producer, David Crockett; director/executive producer Salli Richardson-Whitfield; Writer/Co-Executive Producer Sonja Warfield. THE GILDED AGE is a co-production between HBO and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.