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“Decadent and gorgeous house”
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.
Reviewed January 26, 2013

Came here with some friends in May 2012 when I went to visit them in Massachusetts. We drove over one afternoon to see the House. Gorgeous place, get a guide and listen to the descriptions while you walk through the House. Be prepared to walk up and down flights of stairs. The old kitchen area is just wonderful.

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Reviewed January 24, 2013

But know it alls on the tour are not. Thought the house was fabulous and completely unbelievable at times. Because it was the off season the tour groups were small. The tour guides were very knowledgable and pleasent. If it wasn't for Miss. US History in the group I would have had a lovely time.

Definitely consider going in the off season.

Thank Jackie B
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

Never been before & this mansion is just beautiful & nicely decorated for the holidays. Went on New Year's Day & it was wonderful.

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Reviewed January 2, 2013

Marble House is small in comparison to the Breakers, but it's just as interesting. It was commissioned by another branch of the Vanderbilt family. You can learn all about Alva and "votes for women".

Marble House also has an audio tour. Make sure to explore the grounds. You can see the Chinese Tea House and look down onto the Cliff Walk. The view of the ocean here is beautiful, too. If you spend enough time looking around the Gothic room, I think you'll fall in love with this "summer cottage", too.

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Reviewed December 31, 2012

Great audio tour. Buy a package to visit 3 mansions if you have time. Great area to walk. Be sure to do the cliff walk.

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