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Address: 596 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-4265
Phone Number: +1 401-847-1000

Marble House was built between 1888 and 1892 for Mr. and Mrs. William K....

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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So opulent!

Really should visit these mansions if in Newport, they are the history. I thought this was more opulent than Breakers but somewhat smaller. Room gilded with gold is amazing... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Really should visit these mansions if in Newport, they are the history. I thought this was more opulent than Breakers but somewhat smaller. Room gilded with gold is amazing. The front doors are spectacular. Definitely worth the trip to this. There is free parking and was space available at mid day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is my third mansion in Newport and my favorite. I loved learning about the feminist history of the house as a lot of votes for women activity happened there. The elaborate decor and furniture was awe inspiring. Make sure to walk in the back lawn and take some pictures along the cliff walk. It's a great view.

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Bellmore, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was our 3rd mansion and my least favorite behind The Breakers and Rosecliff. It was very ornate and Victorian. The audio tour which was included in the admission fee was very good.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited the Marble House after our tour at The Breakers. Another beautiful mansion of the Gilded Age with an amazing interior and exterior architecture to feast your eyes on.

Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Another of the Vanderbilt houses. Smaller, but even more lavish, than The Breakers. This house epitomizes the excess and conspicuous consumption that made Newport what it was in the early 20th century. See the other houses first then see the two Vanderbilt houses last, as they are the best. You can buy a multi house pass that is good for... More 

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I think this was worth seeing and hearing the history. We could only tour two mansions. I liked this, but not as much as the Breakers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited 3 mansions this weekend - The Breakers, Marble House and Rosecliff. I love the history in this house and learning about Alva Vanderbilt. She was my kind of woman! The audio tours were fantastic in all of the mansions - I just wish they went more into details around why certain things were done in the houses....For example... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Marble House is a beautiful, elegant and very formal mansion. It was constructed primarily with marble, including some of the ceilings. While it is spectacular in every way, it is hard to imagine some one living there. I remember several of the rooms being very dark and too formal to be comfortable there. The audio tour was very informative.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Breaker's little sister, a must to see if you have the time. Magnificent principal rooms with bedrooms to match.

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Hopkinton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was the second mansion that we visited and it was great! The audio tour is very informative and the staff is very nice. The only thing that we did not enjoy was that there were some rooms that you could not look at because they had been updated. Over all, I would highly recommend coming here.

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