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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 November 11, 2012

this mansion is a must see how the in todays money billionaires lived unbeliveable
The tour is by headset and you can get extra information if you want to know how the servants lived compaired to the family

recomended for all the family

Thank d p
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

This is by far our favorite mansion to visit in Newport. The tour is easy to follow, with special care for people with mobility issues. My 90 year old mother was able to get around easily and enjoyed the tour. The attention to detail in the construction of this mansion is superb. My wife loved it because it is one of the inspirations for "Downton Abbey". The gift shop personnel were even great. We bought a small toy for our grand-daughter that somehow didn't make it into the bag. We called the shop and they went out of their way to mail it to us at their expense. In my opinion, that's class. This is the place to go in Newport. Have your picture taken in front of the massive gate in front. We highly recommend this stop in Newport R. I.

Thank Yodatravel
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

The Breakers is my favorite Mansion. The opulence is stunning,
It is like stepping back in time to a grander period of American history

Thank Teddie38
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

They say these are summer cottages,wow what a beautiful place.Hearing the story behind the mansions using supplied headsets was very interesting. You need about an hour to an hour; and a half to see each mansion so we chose this as our only one to see. Very informative and it explained the whole area and history.

Thank skipro4720
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

A great audio tour of a fantastic mansion. Amazing to see the marvelous splendor. Just one of a number of properties to see in the area.

Thank John F
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