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“Touring this "summer cottage" never gets old”
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.
Milford, Massachusetts
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“Touring this "summer cottage" never gets old”
Reviewed October 3, 2010

This mansion epitomizes the Gilded Era in Newport. The tour route has changed but you still get to see the same rooms/areas. The audio tour provides details of the rooms and some of the contents but also provides insight into the life of the family and staff that lived there. It is a bit pricy at $25 but combine it with seeing other mansions for $31.

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“If you only have time to tour one mansion - this is it.”
Reviewed October 2, 2010

I was afraid the mansion tours would be boring - not so. I especially enjoyed the audio tours. This year they introduced a new one with a family theme that would appeal to children. We enjoyed The Breakers so much, we on to see 5 more!

Use RIPTA to get around - buy a weeklong or multi-use pass if you are there for extended time.

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“One of the largest and most beautiful...”
Reviewed September 24, 2010

One of the largest and most beautiful mansions. Would not miss this one.

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“Gaudy house on the coast.”
Reviewed July 24, 2010

This Vanderbilt home is unique. The railroad baron built this summer palace for his family. It's scope and size is magnificent. The structure pushes the envelope, but unfortunately comes out gaudy. The tour is run with the use of audio devices. You can see the home at your own pace. That is a good thing!

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“The Most Beautiful House in The United States”
Reviewed July 23, 2010

This summer cottage is perhaps the most stunning home every built.Each and every room will take your breath away.The entire house is a large "Work Of Art".The rooms are royal and grand,huge and decorated in the true Victorian way of thinking, where more is better.The inside looks like the palaces of Europe.The tour is informative and very interesting.This house should not be missed,after viewing this home, nothing else will compare.I only wish that they would allow photos to be taken inside.

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