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Marble House

596 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-4265
+1 401-847-1000
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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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596 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-4265
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Reviewed yesterday

This was my favorite mansion tour. The history and the way these people lived is so incredible. Be sure to follow up this tour at Belcourt to see where Ms Vanderbilt moved to after she divorced her husband

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Reviewed yesterday

Yes, it is expensive. It was nice. The self guided audio was good as we could go at our own pace. Definitely see the Breakers, if you have time come to this one and others. I was with an 8, 13 and 14 year old...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is an incredible architectural achievement reflective of what men with big ideas can achieve. Nothing more to add. Good luck.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Do yourself a favour and take the audio tour of this magnificent mansion - you won't regret it. The decor is amazing and the history of these mansions is intriguing. You can tour one mansion, 2 mansions or buy a 5 mansion ticket. Really great...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We only had time to visit one of the homes in the historic section of Newport, so we chose Marble House. It was very pretty, great landscaping and the backyard view was gorgeous. Sits right on the ocean. The Audio tour was very interesting. The...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a superb building and grounds, well kept and the audio tour that comes with the entrance ticket (go for the multi-mansion ticket, if you have the time to visit more than just one) tells a lot of the history. You can wander around...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A nice mansion to visit in Newport. Nothing outstanding about the mansion but it did have a super view of the ocean from the yard.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is another 'cottage' and although it is marble, it is subdued compared with, say, the Breakers. It is remarkable, ornate and a pleasure to visit. There is a very good audio guide.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This little shack is ornate and over the top. Quite possibly the most beautiful place i have ever seen.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a favorite of mine. The entire house is filled with marble and the history behind it is amazing.

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Rebecca S
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Yes, and a good one
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August 21, 2017|
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Response from hockeychief | Reviewed this property |
The five house ticket does cost less than the one year pass and is probably a better value than individual house prices but I am not certain. BUT, I can tell you do not do more than two mansions in one day or you will be... More
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Response from Barbara F | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is plenty of parking across the street!
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