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“So much marble!”
Review of Marble House

Marble House
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$84.15*
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Newport Mansions at Christmas: The Breakers and...
Ranked #5 of 82 things to do in Newport
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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 September 2, 2013

This place is pretty spectacular. The audio tour is excellent! It's very well done. With the amount of people who Visit each day, the audio is the only conceivable way to provide a consistent quality experience to guests. The home and grounds are magnificent!

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Reviewed September 2, 2013

The marble throughout the home is gorgeous. This property is not as large asThe Breakers but still pretty opulent. We enjoyed the tour. Happy we only chose to see 2 properties the weekend we were in Newport as they are a bit overwhelming. The excess is a little ridiculous......

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Reviewed September 2, 2013

We loved our visit to Marble House! I love the audio tours of the mansions which easily guide you through each one at your own pace, and let you add information in each room for added detail if you so wish. I especially loved that in this house the visitor gets to see some servant areas, like the kitchen. I highly recommend this tour for your visit to Newport!

Thank Jen O
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Marble House was one of my favorite Newport houses. The audio tour is just right. If you want to hang out in the rooms and listen to the additional tracks, you can. If not, just move right on through the house. We were there before school was out in June and it was not crowded. For those who plan to go to more than one house, consider joining the Preservation Society.

Thank Susan B
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

Great staircase to walk up and definitely a different feeling when you walk up the staircase and look down to the grand entrance...

Thank Angela D
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