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Marble House

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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 January 1, 2017 via mobile

This one is magnificent. The marble, the gold, the beauty in everything, and of course its history. Forget all other buildings and go to this one if you really want to see how it was. We do love to read/listen about history of this building...More

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Reviewed December 30, 2016

We went specifically to see the Christmas decorations and were not disappointed. Each room had decorations on the mantle and/or a tree. Very authentic and interesting self guided tour with more or less details as your time or interest level allows. It was a different...More

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Reviewed December 30, 2016

All the walls are marble in the mansion (hence the name) which is incredible. The house is huge and you learn a lot through your audio tour.

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Reviewed December 30, 2016

It is good to get into as many of the mansions as you can. You see the various personalities of those who created and decorated them. What an era!

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Reviewed December 28, 2016 via mobile

Great Vanderbilt cottage of the rich and famous. You can talk your time as you were a headset that allows you to hear what you are seeing as you walk through the rooms if this magnificent mansion.

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Reviewed December 28, 2016

Really enjoyed touring this gorgeous mansion and seeing how the well to do lived back then. It boggles the mind how much money was spent for a "summer home" that wasn't even used all that much. The audio tour is great and lets you go...More

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Reviewed December 26, 2016

Simply beautiful. Great tour. In awe of the detail and grandeur of something built in the 1800,s. Tour took us about an hour.

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Reviewed December 23, 2016

Marble House is a must see on the list of 'cottages' in Newport. This mansion is one major example of the over the top opulent and decadent - no expense spared, indulgent lifestyle of the rich and prosperous of the day. The architectural detail and...More

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Reviewed December 22, 2016 via mobile

Marble House is exactly what its name implies. There is marble everywhere. It is very beautiful and worth visiting. However, it is not a comfortable house and it certainly cannot be called warm and cozy. This house epitomizes keeping up with the Rockefellers.

Thank Louise S
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Reviewed December 20, 2016

The Epitome of the Gilded Age!!! Imported golden Italian marble from floor to ceiling lends a warm inviting atmosphere in which to present the opulent furnishings. The audio guides and exhibits provide so many insights into the lives of the families and their scandals and...More

Thank John C
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The 5 mansion pass is the way to go - Free parking for all the mansions.
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