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Address: 44 Ochre Point Ave., Newport, RI 02840
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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Interesting tour, but avoid in the hot summer!

My husband I and toured The Breakers with our 2 daughters ages 5 and 12. It was the end of July and SOO hot inside. I would recommend going in a cooler month, and not when it's... read more

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West Gardiner
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My husband I and toured The Breakers with our 2 daughters ages 5 and 12. It was the end of July and SOO hot inside. I would recommend going in a cooler month, and not when it's peak tourist season. The tour was interesting. My husband and oldest daughter enjoyed it. My younger daughter grew bored quickly. She had the... More 

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Mansfield, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have been to the Breakers six times or more. We are members of the Newport Mansions and visit all the homes frequently. Every time you go, you notice something new. It is so interesting to see how they lived during the Gilded Era. Love the grounds and find it very relaxing walking through the Breakers and seeing all the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wonderful and breath taking inside and out. It matches the finest houses of Europe measure for measure.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My wife and I were in Newport about six years ago and didn't get a chance to go through a mansion. This time we did and was truly amazed at the effort and money that went into these homes during the gilded age. We couldn't fathom the wealth in those days or the current. The staff was very nice and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A beautiful, ornate structure. The architecture, marble columns, carved solid wood doors, painted ceilings amazes the common person. Can't help but wonder how it was built in two years and how it was lived in. A wonderful step back into a long lost era. Take your time and really look at the solid gold etched in the walls.....

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were visiting friends in Connecticut this time and they suggested visiting this place,aptly called the mansion tour. The grandeur, the artistry, the old money the awesomeness of this mansion transports you to the Victorian era right in USA! It is a must visit place for tourist to experience the old world charm.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I liked the fact they had a headphone guided tour. My young kids like it as well and thought it very interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you can only visit one of the mansions this would be the one. It is not only elegant and a time capsule but you could tell people lived, loved and laughed here. What a treasure.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I wish I had more time to look around but we were on a tour so it was a little rushed. I love looking at mansions, my husband not so much. If I had more time, I would have loved to tour all the mansions in one day. You need a nice camera to take photos. My small one was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Had to see for ourselves. The self guided tour was perfect. The mansion is extraordinary . Hard to imagine people lived like that- a must see when visiting newport

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