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Address: 596 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-4265
Phone Number: +1 401-847-1000
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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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Our second favorite of three "cottages" visited

This was a self-guided tour that lasted about 45 minutes. It was a property built by a Vamderbilt. We visited on a Friday afternoon. There was plenty of parkimg at the property... read more

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a self-guided tour that lasted about 45 minutes. It was a property built by a Vamderbilt. We visited on a Friday afternoon. There was plenty of parkimg at the property and no wait to get in.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was wonderful. I could see living there. It is very elegant but was built for a family. Only one guest room because it was for the family. No one could afford a house like this now. It is interesting to hear about all the marble imported this.

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Trumbull, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Very beautiful, a museum of art, craftsmanship, and history. Main level the walls and staircase inside are marble, amazing. There are so many beautiful pieces of antique paintings. Headphone recorded tour guides are very informative. Here is a picture of an amazing staircase.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This house, built by William Vanderbilt Jr is supposed to be one of the finest in Newport. I found it somewhat boring compared to the Breakers. There is an interesting story about his wife's divorce from him but beyond that not worth the time and money.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

One of Newport's' finest destinations. A huge grand opulent home form the days of railroad and coal wealth (1800s). The summer home for the New York wealthy Vanderbilt family - the audio tour is quite good - tells the story of this family with juicy tidbits of gossip as well as the formal history.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Marble House is a wonderful example of the Beaux art style in the Gilded Age period. It is beautifully maintained and the story of Alva Vanderbilt is pretty amazing. She was such a strong supporter for women's rights. The self guided tour is well done with many side stories to make it more interesting. I would recommend googling Alva prior... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved this house and the history of it. I already knee about Alva and Consuelo and their pressure cooker relationship. It was to me as if they were still there. You have to admire Alva for her great taste. I know she copied a lot from Europe but ther house is a monument to her. I loved her beautiful... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just kidding - this is a grand palace of a house. The self-guided tour is very interesting as was the life of Alva Belmont Vanderbilt. I enjoyed this house even more than the Breakers. The self-guided tour takes 45min but plan for more time to see the grounds.

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Wantagh, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Marble everywhere - even under the stairs. An amazing place to see. hard to imagine that someone would build a place like that to live there only a few weeks out of the year.

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can almost imagine a family living here. Not as over the top as some of the other mansions in the group. Just enough detail in the self audio tour. Worth the visit.

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