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Review of The Breakers

The Breakers
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Newport Viking Trolley Tour with The Breakers and Marble House Admission
Ranked #1 of 119 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.
Reviewed April 17, 2013

I'm not a fan of this kind of attraction but my wife and daughter wanted to go. Well worth it. Audio tour was informative.

Thank pmspiro
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

We saw four mansions in our weekend in Newport. This was the one I liked the best. It's a wow. The audio tour is excellent. We spent almost 2 hours here. Platinum on the walls! Talk about conspicuous consumption!

Thank russell-benoit
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

We were recommended to choose the Breakers' Special (The Breakers + 1 other mansion) and it was a great choice! The Breakers is breathtaking and got a great audio tour in several languages. We stayed 2,5 hours and didn't lose a single comment/explanation. Memorable!

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Reviewed April 14, 2013

The Breakers is ostentatious beyond belief! It's so over-the-top with grandeur, that a queen's palace couldn't be more impressive. Our second visit, still worth it!

Thank Mary M
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

Gorgeous, Opulent, Grandiose, and Crazy to think a family actually lived in it!! (oh yeah, along with their "staff" of forty!!)

Thank woozer22
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