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Address: 44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906
Phone Number: 14018471000
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The Breakers is the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages" and a...

The Breakers is the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages" and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial preeminence in turn of the century America. Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt established the family fortune in steamships and later in the New York Central Railroad, which was a pivotal development in the industrial growth of the nation during the late 19th century. The Commodore's grandson, Cornelius Vanderbilt II, became Chairman and President of the New York Central Railroad system in 1885, and purchased a wooden house called The Breakers in Newport during that same year. In 1893, he commissioned architect Richard Morris Hunt to design a villa to replace the earlier wood-framed house which was destroyed by fire the previous year. Hunt directed an international team of craftsmen and artisans to create a 70 room Italian Renaissance- style palazzo inspired by the 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turin. Allard and Sons of Paris assisted Hunt with furnishings and fixtures, Austro-American sculptor Karl Bitter designed relief sculpture, and Boston architect Ogden Codman decorated the family quarters.

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Great experience! Beautiful Mansion

From start to finish the decor was beautiful! The views of the Bay to the tiling, gold leafing, wallpaper just everything was unbelievable !

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El Dorado Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

From start to finish the decor was beautiful! The views of the Bay to the tiling, gold leafing, wallpaper just everything was unbelievable !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I wasn't sure what to expect and the admission price is fairly steep but, oh, was it worth it. Stunning grandeur from an era gone by. The audio tour was especially informative and helpful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lovely home to do self guided tour. Over the top with the gold leaf!, but that was the style then. Still quite lovely to see. Best to see on a non-rainy day so that you can enjoy the ocean views and walk around the grounds. We did see the Elms the same day and have to say we enjoyed that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Rich or poor it is nice to have money. Very impressive and interesting to see how they lived during the guilded age.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We took a day trip today from Boston to visit Newport, Rhode Island for the first time. We decided to tour two mansions - the Breakers and the Elms. The Breakers was large and very opulent - not my taste but very beautiful. It's hard to believe they built a home of this size to live in for only 8... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Other then the elevator being broken, the self tour was excellent. I am not able to walk upstairs so I listened to the whole tour from a chair downstairs. Besides, once you've seen one over the top bedroom, it's easy to imagine what the others look like.

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Beautiful mansion great glimpse in to the time period . Beautiful view of the ocean . Just like the Elms great audio tour comes with entrance price .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Its hard to believe people actually use to live like this! The Breakers is over the top pure indulgence. You definitely understand what Mark Twain was referring to when he called it the "guilded age" We toured the house in just over an hour but could easily have spent a couple of hours, if we had listened to the sub-stories... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Amazingly beautiful and historic tour. The view from the grounds is equally amazing. One of the most elaborate mansions of the Vanderbilts during the "Guilded Age"

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Every corner is a piece of art, behind every stone is a historical story. That wonderful place should be on every bucket list.

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