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“A wonderful and insightful glimpse into history”
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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 February 17, 2013

Visited this mansion with a group of 85 students and not only was the staff very informed and helpful but the students thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The recorded audio guide was very helpful and informative. It was truly stunning to see what was spent on "summer cottages" and the care and detail that went into them.

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Reviewed February 13, 2013

Before the graduated income tax, the super rich both had it and flaunted it. They did it with flair and, we are told that The Breakers is the most opulent of them all. We took the tour off season, just after the Christmas decorations had come down. Bad timing, but still interesting and worth the visit. Tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. House is huge, but we didn't feel rushed. Building is well maintained and clean. Would like to go again when the grounds are open or while it's decorated for the Holidays, but it's nice to go without the crowds.

Thank Symantic
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

This place is awe-inspiring when you take the tour and walk through the house. With only 70 rooms, it's "small." How I would love to live there, but the heating bill must be out of this world!
My favorite room: the library. With glassed in book shelves, dark wood, and a huge fireplace, I'd be in that room for hours!

Thank bikerwarewolf
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

The Breakers was my very first mansion, I fell in love with it! It sets you back in time. Hearing the ocean from the Breakers is something else.

Thank pamela s
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

if you go in the off season, the lines are non existent and the tour is a leisurely pleasure. You learn about both Gilded Age architecture and an interesting American Family, the Vanderbilts who helped build the U.S.

One note - not for the very young or people who have a hard time walking up and down stairs.

Thank catec33
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