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Address: 596 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: +1 401-847-1000
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Marble House was built between 1888 and 1892 for Mr. and Mrs. William...

Marble House was built between 1888 and 1892 for Mr. and Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt. It was a summer house, or "cottage", as Newporters called them in remembrance of the modest houses of the early 19th century. But Marble House was much more; it was a social and architectural landmark that set the pace for Newport's subsequent transformation from a quiet summer colony of wooden houses to the legendary resort of opulent stone palaces. Mr. Vanderbilt was the grandson of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, who established the family's fortune in steamships and the New York Central Railroad. His older brother was Cornelius II, who built The Breakers. Alva Vanderbilt was a leading hostess in Newport society, and envisioned Marble House as her "temple to the arts" in America.

The house was designed by the architect Richard Morris Hunt, inspired by the Petit Trianon at Versailles. The cost of the house was reported in contemporary press accounts to be $11 million, of which $7 million was spent on 500,000 cubic feet of marble. Upon its completion, Mr. Vanderbilt gave the house to his wife as a 39th birthday present.

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We toured this home as some in the group have already seen other homes of interest. Your lasts approximately an hour. The tour included an audio component which was quite nice. It... read more

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Wilmington, North Carolina

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We toured this home as some in the group have already seen other homes of interest. Your lasts approximately an hour. The tour included an audio component which was quite nice. It offered additional side tour opportunities as well. The home is smaller than some in the area making it a good option if you are limited on time or... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's amazing how privileged people lived in the Gilded Age. Very fascinating. This was a great house tour. It's right out of F. Scott Fitzgerald era except earlier.

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you are seeing the Mansions in Newport , this is one for the list. The Marble House is amazing and if you go during the Holidays the Mansion is fully decorated.

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stunning home with original furnishings and really interesting audio-tour. Was decked out for X-Mas that made it extra special. Marble is everywhere so was really aptly named but the workmanship is incredible and it really has a WOW factor!

Louisville, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Another fabulous Vanderbilt home. You receive a headset as you enter the home (included in admission) that describes each room. We were on a tour and had only 45 minutes to go through. More time is needed to fully enjoy this beautiful and historic home. There is a nice gift shop.

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Natick, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour was OK. The self guided tour was a bit confusing at times, as you had to adjust the setting to coincide with what you were looking at. I think a little quick instruction as to how to use the headset would be helpful.

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Melbourne, Victoria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We toured this and The Breakers, both Vanderbilt mansions. While they are both excessive and opulent, they're quite different. As the name suggests, this one features a lot of marble, more than 500,000 cubic feet of it. Despite this, it's actually quite intimate in its room sizes and layout Being a Vanderbilt House, there's no photography of any kind allowed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Alva Vanderbilt decorated this house really well, and remains as such. This house has always been one of my favorite tours, and their description of Alva in the digital headset tour is very entertaining. She was quite a feisty woman in her day!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While I found that I listened and learned more on the structured tours than the self guided audio tours, I still would prefer to wander at my own pace through the buildings which is what Marble house offers. Like all of the mansions. they do not allow photography inside. I saw 5 mansions in one afternoon, walking between them all.... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Second most popular mansion tour, with self-guided audio tour. Very close to #1 pick The Breakers so easy to get to.

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