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Review of The Breakers

The Breakers
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Private Historic Newport Pedicab Tour
Ranked #1 of 109 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.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2013

Well, when money is no object, you can create "the Breakers". Probably the most impressive and opulent entrance/reception hall I have seen since visiting Versailles! The second floor is a bit more pedestrian, but still awe inspiring. And then some tin-pot architect suggested that it be torn down because of its architectural "unimportance" - what a moron!

Visited June 2013
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“Always the favorite”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013

It is amazing how much money was spent on these mansions given how little time was spent. This place is very interesting and gives another interesting view over the ocean.

Visited June 2013
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“Must see in Newport”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013

Breakers is the most luxurious and opulent of the Guilded Age mansions in Newport. If you only go and see one mansion, you probably have to pick it over any others. Audio-guide system is shared across all mansions managed by the local Preservation Society, but at Breakers, the structure of the guide is most excellent and enlightening.

Visited May 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2013

this is a self guided audio tour, and took about 1 1/2 hours, if you listen to the additional info available.

The money spent on what was a summer house was incredible, you have to see it to beleive it !!

If you plan to visit more than one of the Historical society homes you can buy a multi ticket and save money. Free car parking is available accross from the house.

Visited June 2013
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“Always Impressive”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2013

This was my second trip to the Breakers. The friends we were with wanted to see the Breakers and we agreed they should, it is referred to by most as the "Must see" of all the mansions. I still love the headset tours, great information, and if you want more there are options for extended audio. The only negative I could say is that the tour doesn't take you out to the beautiful garden/property. I would suggest to plan some time after your tour to stroll the property.

Visited June 2013
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