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“Fascinating House Belonged to a Fascinating Woman”
Review of Marble House

Marble House
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Owner description: Marble House was built between 1888 and 1892 for Mr. and Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt. It was a summer house, or "cottage", as Newporters called them in remembrance of the modest houses of the early 19th century. But Marble House was much more; it was a social and architectural landmark that set the pace for Newport's subsequent transformation from a quiet summer colony of wooden houses to the legendary resort of opulent stone palaces. Mr. Vanderbilt was the grandson of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, who established the family's fortune in steamships and the New York Central Railroad. His older brother was Cornelius II, who built The Breakers. Alva Vanderbilt was a leading hostess in Newport society, and envisioned Marble House as her "temple to the arts" in America. The house was designed by the architect Richard Morris Hunt, inspired by the Petit Trianon at Versailles. The cost of the house was reported in contemporary press accounts to be $11 million, of which $7 million was spent on 500,000 cubic feet of marble. Upon its completion, Mr. Vanderbilt gave the house to his wife as a 39th birthday present.
Mystic, Connecticut
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“Fascinating House Belonged to a Fascinating Woman”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

The story of Alva Vandebilt Belmont and her famous mansion is one that every one will find interesting. The opulence in this house is amazing! It is definitely one of the "must-see" Newport Mansions.

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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“OK others may be better”
Reviewed October 24, 2012 via mobile

Our second stop afters Breakers was Marble House. We got the two mansion tour ticket at Breakers. The Marble House was OK but since I did not see the other mansions I have nothing to compare the Marble House with.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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“Cold and austere, but worth a look!”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

Of the three Newport "cottages" I visited during my recent trip Marble House was my least favorite. The Elms has beautiful gardens and the Breakers has an unbeatable view. Marble House is very cold (make sense because of all the marble). It's hard to imagine anyone calling this museum like cottage a home.

Visited October 2012
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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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“Beautiful Marble!”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

Beautiful house w/a Japanese structure out back (which looks out of place actually). The gold in the one room is just spectacular. Take the time to listen to all the extras on your headset as you tour this house. The tidbits you learn are well worth the extra time. You can purchase a ticket to see only one or two houses and then “upgrade” and pay the difference if you decide to tour more. And the nice thing is that you don’t have to visit all the houses in one day, which would be overwhelming.

Visited October 2012
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Jamestown, NY
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“Interesting story”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

The house is another amazing example of Gilded Age overkill, but this particular tour has a very interesting story.

Visited October 2012
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