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“Wow, what a house.”
Review of The Breakers

The Breakers
Ranked #1 of 82 things to do in Newport
Certificate of Excellence
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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 September 2, 2013 via mobile

Settle on doing just one house, did the whole tour and all of the add ons they have done an awesome job with the self guided tour it was well planned an executed... Wish there was access to the water... Or the view of it that the family would have enjoyed

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Reviewed September 2, 2013

You will not want to miss this property. It is an incredible representation of the "gilded age". Over 138,000 square feet of complete grandeur. Audio tour allows you to go at your own pace. If you are a Downton Abbey fan you will enjoy this mansion tour.

Thank Marissa52
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

Still awesome after a 30 year interval. Get here early in the day as it gets crowded soon after. We found the current tour too regimented and impersonal with headphone recorded tours instead of tour guides. The attendants were officious and not very helpful when we asked for directions to the elevator. At the end of the tour we were taken by elevator to the basement with the only way out being through the gift shop. The problem was that this required walking upstairs to get out.
The grounds are not maintained in immaculate condition any more, and for some reason photography is allowed outside, but not inside.
Overall it is an interesting experience somewhat akin to touring Hearst Castle in California, and almost as crowded.

1  Thank Malice6
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

If you want to see one of the mansions, this one should fit the bill. When I found out it was a self-guided audio tour, I was disappointed; however this was quickly changed. The audio tour was great. Just enough information to let you know what you were looking at, but with added options for more information according to your interests. Personal feelings about the opulence aside, this was a very interesting look into a time in American history.

2  Thank fourbeaches
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

A historic mansion from the Glided Age of America, a must see attraction.Iwas there any years ago but wanted my family to see it! Small children will be bored but teenagers -especially American history HS students can/should appreciate the beauty and history. We took the five mansion tour and the price was well worth it...I would recommend Marblehead, Rosecliff (self-guided headphone tours was a het with our teen girls) and the Chateau Sur Mer..the dozen there was quite exceptional.Take extra time and listen to the extra information provided by the headsets!!

Thank Mary H
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