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New Breakers tour plumbs the depths below famous mansion

In this Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 photo tour guide Raymond Roy conducts a tour through a brick tunnel on a "Beneath The Breakers" tour at "The Breakers," a 70-room Gilded Age summer cottage mansion commissioned and owned by Cornelius Vanderbilt II and his wife Alice Gwynne Vanderbilt in Newport, R.I. Roy describes the tour as focusing on “the guts and the glory” of the house, as opposed to the “glitz and glamor” upstairs. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Visitors to the spectacular Gilded Age mansion The Breakers in Rhode Island now have the chance to explore its depths with a new tour that shows off the domestic technology that helped make the 70-room building state-of-the art when it was completed in 1895.

The tour of the Newport mansion is a weekend handyman’s dream.

It takes place almost entirely underground, and includes a visit to boiler room, a walk through a tunnel as wide as a carriage and time exploring the mansion’s basement.

It’s a completely different way to look at the house, which draws hundreds of thousands visitors annually.

The Preservation Society of Newport County, which owns The Breakers and several other mansions in Newport, developed the tour in part based on journals kept by a resident house engineer.

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