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“Beautiful at Christmas”
Review of The Breakers

The Breakers
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Newport Viking Trolley Tour with The Breakers and...
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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 October 23, 2013

Visited this beautiful mansion a few years ago. It made me want to live there. It would be a great place for a wedding. Wish I could convince someone to have their wedding there especially at Christmas time

Thank rosemuff
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

Of all of Gilded Age mansions in Newport (currently there are 11 open for visit) this is the most spectacular, definitely worth seeing.

Here's a tip; we thought we would only have time to visit one of the mansions, but found we had enough time to visit a 2nd on the way out of town the next morning. Showed them our tickets for The Breakers from the previous day, and they gave us the multi-visit discount, which is quite significant. Save your tickets, just in case!...

Thank KuwaitiBob
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

Beautiful ocean views, visit older homes from the golden era. Easy walking or wheelchair. we visited the Vanderbilt house. the provide a self guide tour.

Thank Mickie N
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

fascinating, i was amazed how much $$$ spend on building and preserving this mansion. You can't find the art and decoration inside anywhere else. the sea view is beautiful too.

Thank wrenniew
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

I have been to The Breakers on several occasions, but the place always fascinates me. On each visit I learn a little more about the Vanderbilt family and their life during the "Gilded Age". The Preservation Society has done a remarkable job in keeping The Breakers and the other mansions in such beautiful condition.

Thank POPPA-D
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