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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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Hard to believe people just lived here. A family vacation home! Would come back again Don't skip this visit

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Hard to believe people just lived here. A family vacation home! Would come back again Don't skip this visit

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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Visited here with my husband this year and were absolutely blown away by the beauty of this mansion- my favorite of the whole tour!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Breakers is an opulent property that is the height of luxury of the beautiful Newport mansions! Don't miss this one, but save it until last because the others will pale in comparison! Also, try to go early in the days to avoid the crowds!

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The Breakers Mansion was built as the Newport summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II who made his fortunes in railroad construction and was a member of the wealthy United States Vanderbilt family. It is now a National Historic Landmark and currently maintained by the Preservation Society of Newport County. It is built in an Italian Renaissance style, the 70-room mansion... More 

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My husband and I actually visited in October of 2015 as we were there in RI do do some leaf peeping. The place is an awesome place to visit and explore.

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Lovely views, OTT platinum walls and not much taste, excellent audio guide, good shop, The Vanderbilts summer home.

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Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
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It's a "common" mansion with gorgeous rooms, lots of intricate work and is really well preserved. The family history gives you an idea of how it functioned back in those days.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was incredible to see the amount of money and energy the Vanderbilt family poured into a home that they only used for a short time each summer. Of the mansions in Newport, The Breakers is definitely a must see.

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Another fine example of the guilded age mansions. My hats off the the mansions conservation group for another fabulous display. It's hard to believe these homes were just summer cottages and they they were only lived in for 3-4 mo a year. The tour is great with audio tour devices. The view from the house is awesome. If you have... More 

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Stunning and gorgeous! Incredibly preserved and super informational with a guided audio set your included in the ticket. Try to get there in the late afternoon to enjoy the beautiful house and grounds during magic hour!

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