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Review of The Breakers

The Breakers
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Owner description: The Breakers is the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages" and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial preeminence in turn of the century America. Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt established the family fortune in steamships and later in the New York Central Railroad, which was a pivotal development in the industrial growth of the nation during the late 19th century. The Commodore's grandson, Cornelius Vanderbilt II, became Chairman and President of the New York Central Railroad system in 1885, and purchased a wooden house called The Breakers in Newport during that same year. In 1893, he commissioned architect Richard Morris Hunt to design a villa to replace the earlier wood-framed house which was destroyed by fire the previous year. Hunt directed an international team of craftsmen and artisans to create a 70 room Italian Renaissance- style palazzo inspired by the 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turin. Allard and Sons of Paris assisted Hunt with furnishings and fixtures, Austro-American sculptor Karl Bitter designed relief sculpture, and Boston architect Ogden Codman decorated the family quarters.
Reviewed October 9, 2012

During a recent visit to Newport we decided to go to the Breakers, we were told it was the must see out of all the mansions. So we went and upon entry we were given headsets. At first I wasn't thrilled with the idea of getting headsets, usually I like to just look around, but I found the headsets to be a great bonus to the tour. It gave enough info to be interesting but not too much to be boring. And if you wanted more info on a topic there were signs that told you what number to type in and you could get more info. It was great. Unfortunately no photography inside but they do sell a Newport Mansions book that captures the beauty of the different mansions. I had to buy one to take home.

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Reviewed October 9, 2012

Summer resort of the Vanderbild family. Huge Italian style palazzo, with fake Italian, Greek and other European accents. So much kitsch (but well-done) that it becomes beautiful

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Reviewed October 9, 2012

A fantastic tour through a Vanderbilt house of the "gilded age." Imposing architecture, great furnishing and artifacts, well narrated audio tour. Beautiful views of the ocean from the lawns.

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Reviewed October 8, 2012 via mobile

This mansion is well worth your time & money. You can do a self guided tour with the head phones that they give you, the view of the ocean is breath taking.

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Reviewed October 8, 2012

I was really sad because we only had time for one mansion and we chose to visit the breakers because the reviews said it was "the one" to visit! It was great! The interior were so beautifully decorated and meticulously preserved! Too bad we are not allowed to take photos inside (the reason given was to protect the furniture (?!) but I think the underlying considerations were probably more commercial) We went on a Sunday and the queue to get tickets was quite long (lesson learnt: to buy the tickets online or at the visitor center). The mansion was quite packed too but it was great that there were free headsets provided as a audio guide (v. informative)

If you are driving, do not follow the instructions on the website which tells u to park at the visitor's center (very expensive) and take the trolley bus ($6) when there is a huge parking lot in front of the Breakers mansion and it's free! (plus the mansion is 5-10 mins by drive away from the visitor's center and the other mansions are within walking distance!

Thank haejina
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