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“American History in a Sea Mansion”
Review of The Breakers

The Breakers
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Newport Viking Trolley Tour with Admission to The Breakers and Marble House
Ranked #1 of 114 things to do in Newport
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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.
Huntington Beach, California
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“American History in a Sea Mansion”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

Amazing Mansion on the seafront filled with American History dating all the way to today being connected with Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt....a must see mansion!

Visited March 2013
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“I want a summer home like this!”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

The Vanderbilts really outdid themselves with this 15 room mansion. The tour itself is 19.50 for adults (add another mansion for only $5 more, add lunch and 2 mansions for a total of $45~)
Upon entering, you receive a headset. This audio tour was great because it was very specific about how to get to the next room. There were also additionally anecdotes to add on to the tour. For example, in the main dining room, there were two additionally codes to type in to hear about things like "Summering in Newport" and "Party Season." In one of the girls' bedrooms, there were two additional codes to type in to hear about a "typical day for a Vanderbilt" and a "typical day for a servant's child". All in all, great tour, wish were would have been able to see servant's quarters too.

Visited March 2013
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South Kingstown, Rhode Island
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“A must see in Rhode Island”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

If you only see one mansion, this is the one to see. It always amazes me. It is a beautiful place and has been kept up through the years.

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“Breathtaking”
Reviewed March 25, 2013

It doesn't really sink in - this massive scale of indulgence - until you walk in and around this homage to 19th century American capitalism gone wild. Along with the other mighty fortresses along Mansion Row, the Breakers is certainly a must visit when you come to Newport - it is living history and it is amazing.

Visited October 2012
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West Caldwell, New Jersey
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“OMG!”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

Go back in time to the turn of the century to see how the other half 'really lived.' The opulence was just amazing!

Visited March 2013
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