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“Visit to the mansions with teenagers”
Review of The Breakers

The Breakers
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Newport Viking Trolley Tour with Admission to The Breakers and Marble House
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Newport Mansions at Christmas: The Breakers and Marble House
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Newport Mansions Small-Group Day Trip from Boston
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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.
Lincoln, Massachusetts
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“Visit to the mansions with teenagers”
Reviewed December 3, 2013

Took our sons to see the mansions so that they could see a bit of history of the RI coast. The mansion was beautifully decorated for the holidays.

Visited December 2013
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“Very interesting, self paced tour”
Reviewed December 3, 2013

Really beautiful. Tour is a self led audio tour that did an excellent job of including information about the house and the family in an interesting way.

Visited October 2013
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“Gaudy”
Reviewed December 2, 2013

While I'm not in the 1%, I'm also not poor and live comfortably. But these people didn't know the meaning of excessive. It was really to the point of being uncomfortably overdone. You really have to feel for the people that were the hired help and had to put up with these pretentious people. Too overdone for my liking.

Visited November 2013
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New York City, New York
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“A piece of the guilded age”
Reviewed December 2, 2013

If you've ever wondered what life was like for the uuuber rich in Europe or the Northeastern rich of the 1920's, go no further than the Breakers. You get to tour the grounds on your own and romp around like you own the place. The staff is really friendly. My favorite part if the giant lush lawn that overlooks the water, which is weird to see since those two things are usually not close to each other. The other cool thing is that the kids had a separate play house that's a mini-mansion with a full kitchen for their snacks and a giant fireplace.

Visited June 2013
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“Great to see during the holidays!!!”
Reviewed December 2, 2013

We toured the Breakers, Marble House and The Elms Thanksgiving weekend. The Breakers is open at 9am and has audio available for the tour. The poinsettia tree is set up in the Grand Hall and is a wonderful photo op. Lots of fresh flowers as well as other holiday decorations are in many of the rooms.

Visited November 2013
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