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The Breakers
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Newport Viking Trolley Tour with The Breakers and...
Ranked #3 of 118 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 June 28, 2013

While in Newport on an anniversary trip, my husband and I toured several mansions. The Breakers was our favorite! The audio tour was very interesting and the decor and structure were simply majestic! From the grand stairway, to the ceiling, to the fountain tucked away under the stairs, each room was awe inspiring and maintained beautifully. So glad the Preservation Society has acquired and maintained these properties because they truly give a glimpse into a portion of history otherwise not seen.

Thank Dabs13
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

If you're going to tour one mansion in Newport, this is it. The self guided audio is extremely well done. You can do the basic play back or get add'l info. The house is grand and impeccably maintained. Rivals similar buildings in Europe. Don't miss the outdoor space or nearby Cliff Walk.

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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!

Thank HarryAnnie
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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.

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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.

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