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Address: 596 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840
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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One of my favorites among the grand mansions

The breakers is nice, but I love the color and lighting effects in this mansion. For some reason, this one feels like a home I can imagine living in. The audio tour is nice and... read more

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Newport, Rhode Island

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Newport, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The breakers is nice, but I love the color and lighting effects in this mansion. For some reason, this one feels like a home I can imagine living in. The audio tour is nice and informative. I wish they had one for the children, but my 7 year old daughter found enough to look at and thought the house was... More 

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Exeter, United States
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Marble walls, floors and exterior abound. Least tacky house of all the mansions but the most colorful history. Loved the kitchen!

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Canandaigua, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the marble house and learned much on our guided tour. What a gorgeous house and historical importence in the women's suffrage movement.

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Franklin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What incredible interiors and can you imagine living here......There is a room of gold, walls of marble and a room of religious artifacts. It is truly an example of the gilded age and to think that this was a summer cottage! There is a tea room house at the back of the property but it looks out of place. It... More 

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Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Marble House is so called because it was built with marble imported from around the world. The exterior is not as "pretty" as the other mansions, but the interior is gorgeous! The tour of the mansion is a self-guided audio tour; this is great as you can pause the audio and take your time looking. Where comfy shoes as... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I enjoyed the self-guided tour. It was informative and easy to follow. This tour also had many fewer people than the Breakers which made the overall experience more enjoyable.

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Stonington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

Of all of the mansions in Newport that we have visited over the years, this might be the most elegant. While not as massive as some, each of the main rooms were quite impressive. The accompanying audio tour was also excellent, allowing you to proceed at your own pace and obtain additional information if so desired. I would definitely recommend... More 

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Wheatley Heights, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

If you want to know what the early 20th Century equivalent of $150 billion buys you, visit the Marble House. It's a little difficult for people today to imagine, but the exterior of the house (and much of the interior) is constructed entirely out of imported marble! Great self-guided audio tour. This is a highly enjoyable and recommended stop while... More 

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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We purchased the Breakers Plus tickets and chose this as our second mansion of the day. Maybe my expectations were set a little too high after seeing Breakers, but I did enjoy this mansion nonetheless. I would definitely recommend listening to as many of the sidebars on the audio tour as you can. There are lots of great anecdotes.

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Rome, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

This mansion is just beautiful! I went there during Christmas time when you can find wonderful decorations all over! Go to visit it also if you are interested in historical curiosities, the price of the ticket includes the audioguide!

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