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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 December 8, 2014

It was nicely decorated with Christmas trees and all the trimmings.It was remarkable to see how these barons once lived.Well worth the price of admission.

Thank Daniel L
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Reviewed December 8, 2014

The mansion is gorgeous alone, but it was decorated for Christmas as was beautiful. It put us in the holiday spirit!

Thank M L
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Reviewed December 7, 2014

We strolled through this beautiful mansion, decorated for the holidays complete with Santa and eggnog, at our own pace with the assistance of an in depth audio tour included with the entrance fee. To say the building was impressive is an understatement, it truly demonstrates a way of life most of us can only imagine. The local gingerbread competition on display was an added treat.

Thank LoufromWantagh
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Reviewed December 7, 2014

Like being in a museum for all it's grandeur, but what a shame that all that building excess was only enjoyed by the owner for such a short time before his death..This place certainly has history. Hats off to the historical society and benefactors for opening and preserving it as this is a brilliant snapshot of excessive wealth, but it must make for great backdrops for movie makers!

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Reviewed December 5, 2014

Went to Breakers and The Elms. No comparison. The headphones that you get now, were very informative. You can listen to more info, at your leisure. You just might not end up finishing listening to it before the rest of your crew does. That was a little tricky to coincide. 22 bathrooms in the place! Crazy! (If you want to call them bathrooms, however.)

Thank qtparties
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