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“One of the many amazing homes in Newport”
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.
Philadelphia
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“One of the many amazing homes in Newport”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

We visited Marble House along with The Breakers on our trip during February. It was also an amazing house with a fascinating story behind it. They did an excellent job with the audio tour, though I did think parts were a bit long. We were short on time, getting there at 4pm when they close at 5, so we didn't have enough time to delve into the additional tour topics. I would recommend this house tour.

Visited February 2013
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Wells, Maine
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“My favorite of the Newport Mansions!”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

Really beautifully decorated for the Holidays this year. Just love Marble House!
One of the most ornate of the mansions with a lot of gold leave and of course marble!

Visited December 2012
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West Hartford, Connecticut
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“Great tour guide very knowledgable !”
Reviewed February 3, 2013

Great tour guide ,very knowledgable . Enjoyed seeing the property.
A tiny bit cool in the house this time of the year

Visited February 2013
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Sharon, Massachusetts
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“Back in time”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

This mansion is a must see! The workmanship from the entry to the doorknobs are so beautiful! You can't believe this was a summer cottage!

Visited July 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“Decadent and gorgeous house”
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.

Visited May 2012
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