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“Beautiful home/Interesting history”
Review of 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.
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“Beautiful home/Interesting history”
Reviewed May 12, 2013

We were in awe of the mansions in this area. Just huge and gorgeous! Upon arriving at The Breakers, we parked in the lot across the street. Free parking, by the way, and that's rare up here! You pay as you walk in. It is $19.50 pp. It does include an audio tour with headphones. I really enjoyed the audio tour. There was a lot of interesting info about the Vanderbilt family and the Gilded Age. The audio tour also offered additional info that you could choose to listen to or not. We listened to most of it and it was very entertaining! The house itself is over the top in detail and dripping in richness! Don't forget to look up. Most of the rooms have extremely ornate ceilings. I found the bathrooms very interesting as well. The view from the back of the house is breath taking. The only thing I wish we could have done was to walk on the Cliff Walk but it was raining. Mother Nature's fault and noone else's! I wish we had had time to tour some of the other homes as well but The Breakers was definetly worth it!

Visited May 2013
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“Everyone should see it at least once”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

The Breakers is a "summer cottage" of the Vanderbilt's. It's size and opulence is definitely something to be marveled. But although this is the hailed as the biggest and best of all Newport mansions, The Breakers isn't actually my favorite because their grounds are a little lackluster. (If you want to tour breathtaking gardens, visit The Elms--their mansion isn't as impressive as The Breakers, but their outdoor oasis is absolutely amazing and well worth the price of admissions!) But that being said, everyone should visit The Breakers at least once. No trip to Newport is complete without it!

Visited May 2013
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“HUGE and Quite Impressive!”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

I have always been fascinated with how the Vanderbilt Family lived but I kept having to remind myself that this was just a "summer" getaway house. The audio tour is nice and gives you more than enough detail on every room.

Visited April 2013
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“Worth the tour”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Went on a Monday in early May and it wasn't crowded. It is an audio tour, so you can take as long or as short as you like. House very impressive, grounds are ok. The view is amazing. Price is reasonable. Worth purchasing the Breakers, plus one admission or for 5 houses. Doesn't seem appropriate for under 10 years of age, since you can not touch anything and you need to be able to work the audio tour device.

Visited May 2013
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“Opulence at its Finest”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

A great place to witness the history or even present day of opulence in Newport. We did a drive by after a harbor cruise. It was incredible.

Visited May 2013
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