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“Imagine living in that era”
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.
Lake Ronkonkoma, New York
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“Imagine living in that era”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

After seeing the Breakers mansion, not much else can compare. But this mansion has all the glitz and glamour of the others. Must see if you do the circuit.

Visited March 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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“Obnoxious, sexist tour guide”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

The house was not as nice as the others we visited, and we were especially turned off by the guide who kept making remarks about the owner being a "difficult woman". If you only have a limited amount of time, see the Elms and The breakers

Visited March 2013
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Newport, Rhode Island
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“Alva's Closet”
Reviewed March 9, 2013

The Audio tour info regarding Alva Vanderbilt's story behind her building the home, women's suffrage support, and treatment of daughter Consuelo and divorce are as interesting to me as the house. Of all the mansions, the Marble House is my least favorite but that is definitely a personal opinion, It's just not my taste. That said, it is considered one of the big 3 to visit and shouldn't be missed even if it's just to learn more about Alva.

Visited August 2012
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Matawan, New Jersey
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“pretty but gaudy”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

This place was a sight to see with all the marble but I found it to be very gaudy.The number of colors of marble was amazing. We did the audio tour which was great for learning the history of the place. Without the audio tour the place wouldn't have made much sense.

Visited October 2012
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Hartfield, Virginia
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“Just a stunning home.”
Reviewed March 2, 2013

I can not imagine what it would have been like to live in a home bigger then most hotels.
Great tour guides.

Visited April 2012
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