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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
+1 401-847-1000
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Reviewed September 1, 2016

Beautiful and very elaborate. This was my favorite of the mansions. If you can only do one or two mansions, include this one with the Breakers.

1  Thank Sandy_T010
Reviewed September 1, 2016

House walls are marble . Very large home which was a summer Home for the wealthy. You get an audio set that describes every room very interesting and informative.

1  Thank rileypickles
Reviewed August 31, 2016

We only visited two mansions and this was our follow up to The Breakers - good combination as it follows through the family link. Again, fantastic audio tour describing great stories and design.

Thank Ginger151219
Reviewed August 31, 2016

The Breakers and Cliff House are gorgeous, my favorites even but this mansion is not to be missed. They all offer something special. The Marble House had a terrific gift shop too!

Thank AliceMA007
Reviewed August 29, 2016 via mobile

Everything is grand and we loved it. Prefer if they would have a family tour for this mansion as well as we enjoyed that in the breakers.

Thank ashme7
Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

Amazing structure. Great historical color filled by in by the guided audio tour and the photos. The artwork and historical ornate objects are fantastic. The kitchen and description of the chef were fascinating. Too bad the tea room out the back was under renovation but...More

Thank Mitchell F
Reviewed August 28, 2016

First thing to see while at Newport, RI. Absolutely stunning. Give you a feel of how American Royalty use to live back in their hey days.

Thank Geoffrey L
Reviewed August 27, 2016

The Vanderbilt's constructed some amazing homes in the USA and a number of them are represented as "summer cottages" in Newport. Marble House was one of the earlier mansions because it was built in the the late 1800's. I would rate this as a must-see...More

Thank Richard B
Reviewed August 25, 2016

The Marble House isn't quite as impressive as The Breakers, but it's still pretty incredible. The craftsmanship that went into every details is so amazing. The craziest part was that the original tenants only lived there 6 weeks out of the year.

Thank Rob D
Reviewed August 24, 2016

Similar to The Breakers, this house was also a summer cottage. Beautiful interior, 90% marble and the gold found on the walls and ceiling is real gold! Very impressive house. The self guided tour is informative and interesting. Beautiful grounds.

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Response from Debra M | Reviewed this property |
The 5 mansion pass is the way to go - Free parking for all the mansions.
September 4, 2016|
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Response from Barbara F | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is plenty of parking across the street!
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There is an elevator. Yes