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“500k cubic feet of marble at this "smaller" cottage (lol)”
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.
New York CIty
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“500k cubic feet of marble at this "smaller" cottage (lol)”
Reviewed October 18, 2013

This was part of the 3 mansion ticket we bought online. This was the smallest of the three (Breakers, The Elms..). The amount of marble used for the time is unbelievable. The layout of this tour didn't flow as well as the other two but style was different and still worth seeing.

Visited October 2013
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Shreveport, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Very amazing”
Reviewed October 17, 2013

It was amazing to put it simply complete marble exterior and interior. Disappointed that we couldn't take pictures inside though I completely understand wanting to preserve the mansion and it's interior. The one and only true disappointment I personally had was they didn't sell shirts (which I collect one from everywhere I go)

Visited October 2013
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Nice visit”
Reviewed October 17, 2013

We stopped at the Marble House since we were looking for food and they serve food here. The Chinese Tea House is kind of weird in terms of architecture. it feels like the proportion is wrong. However, the view is great!

The main house is awesome. The detail is excellent. Reminds me of the castles that I have visited in Europe. It's grand, but not overdone. I really like the staircase going up.

Visited October 2013
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“Beautiful”
Reviewed October 17, 2013

One never gets tired of the Newport mansions. Even though the Breakers usually gets "star billing" one shouldn't miss this striking and beautiful building. The audio tour gives insight into not only the architecture and interior design but also provides insight into the lives of the owners and their staff. Many interesting anecdotes brings the period alive.

Visited September 2013
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Long Beach, California
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“Beautiful Home - but no pictures inside allowed”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

We went with the Viking Tours and the house was beautiful - bummed you couldn't take pictures inside but still amazing to see and experience.
Gift shop was good.

Visited October 2013
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