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“Marble and tea”
Review of Marble House

Marble House
Ranked #5 of 82 things to do in Newport
Certificate of Excellence
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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 July 23, 2013

We had high hopes upon hearing about lunch or tea at the teahouse on grounds. The tea building was very beautiful and a contrast to the dark marble inside the house. We were disappointed to find that there was not table service. The sandwiches and salads were from a local shop and good but we had gone hoping for "high tea." The view however was very beautiful and the kids and grandma decided to relax at a table in the shade while grandpa and mom toured the house. Marble house was very dark and ornate. It was interesting to hear the stories of the children who lived in the house and to hear about the aspirations of Alma Vanderbilt.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

loved this home so much. the tour guides know so much information and are excited to share and explain. So much to see at this home you can spend the day taking it all in cant wait to go back

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

the history of this house is unreal. The audio tour gives you so much detail about the building, decorating, and the owners of the house, it makes you want to know more. So hard to believe that these mansions were home for only 6 weeks out of the year.

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Reviewed July 21, 2013

The Marble House was a lot of fun to visit. The audio tour that you listen to on a headset as you walk through the house enhances your experience with historical information as well as stories from the people who lived there.

You can move at your own pace and it wasn't too crowded on the Friday afternoon that we went. It was a very hot day and there were plenty of fans and open windows to help keep you cool inside the mansion.

Be sure you have atleast an hour to spend browsing through the house, there is almost too much to look at in just one trip!

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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Very silly beach house, but fun to visit!
What a pretentious waste of money, but what a sad family!
They got a Duke, but the daughter didnt even like him. Pathetic.

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