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Review of The Breakers

The Breakers
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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 July 27, 2014 via mobile

This mansion is the most popular of the mansions in Newport. For those visiting with children, note that there is a self guided audio tour which means you can tour at your own pace. What's more, there is a children's audio tour which brings the story alive and keeps it interesting to even the youngest one with you.

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Reviewed July 26, 2014

The four of us arrived at the Breakers, tickets in hand, at 8:45 (it opens at 9). We were so glad we got there early, as we toured several of the rooms completely on our own. By 9:15, two large tour buses had arrived, and the place was packed to the gills. We had a much nicer experience because we got there sooner.

This was an interesting and fun experience. The architecture and details of this beautiful property helps you to overcome the bit of nausea you feel that anyone, even the Vanderbilts, could be so ostentatious. The loggia, on the second floor, is beyond amazing. We loved the audio tour: the information was very well presented, and we enjoyed the independence of not having to stick with a large tour group and tour leader.

Highly recommend a tour of the gorgeous and interesting part of American history.

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Reviewed July 26, 2014

It had been a long time since I was last there but I'm glad I finally came back! This was always my favorite house. Love the view! In the past, it was a guided tour; it is now self guided. When you go in, they give you a headset & explain how it works. Then you go through each section of the house & hit the play button to hear an explanation of what you are looking at. Really good tour. A good tip--there is a section of the tour that if you can't climb stairs, they will take you by an elevator to the 2nd floor where you could continue your tour. You just need to ask a guide who will take you upstairs by the elevator. When you are ready to come back down, let them know & they will either take you to the gift shop in the basement if you haven't seen it yet or back to the first floor main entrance.

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Reviewed July 26, 2014

In the framework of the Newport Music Festival we got tickets for a memorable piano evening performance (Debussy, Prokofiev and Gershwin) in the beautiful main hall of The Breakers. "Rhapsody in Blue" played in The Breakers surroundings - it does not get much better! (and I live in Vienna, Austria)

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Reviewed July 26, 2014

It is a beautiful house on a magnificent piece of land. We enjoyed short informative walk through the house (audio guide ). But we enjoyed even more the smell of the see and the view. Nice activity if on a short visit to Newport

Thank Regina P
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