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“Beauty and the beast”
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.
Reviewed June 12, 2014

The mansion is beautiful, over the top with marble everything and decor royale. More interesting was the story of the lady of the house, Alva Vanderbilt who was nothing short of a dictator controlling everything and everyone in the house. While Alva was a successful leader in womens rights, her dictatorship of all family members makes it an interesting historical story.

Thank Mary M
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Reviewed June 4, 2014

The tour provided a moment for revealing a twisted irony. Alva Vanderbilt was a prominent figure in the women's rights movement that led to gaining voting recognition for women. The irony: She tightly controlled the life of her daughter Consuelo to the point where she only allowed selected items to be in her room, made her wear an iron rod to check her posture and best of all, arranged her marriage to British royalty so she would become a duchess. So that women's rights thing was only practiced outside of her own home. The house, clad in marble is very pretty. Also note that Consuelo room is large and well appointed while her brothers appear to have gotten small and fairly pedestrian sleeping quarters. Don't fret. The boys did alright for themselves as adults. Again: Nice house and a fascinating "back story" to be learned when taking the audio tour.

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Reviewed June 3, 2014

Virtually every wall floor and ceiling in this house is made of rare marble. Except for a transplanted Tudor chapel. Just one of the oddities in Newport.

Thank PatFCVA
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Reviewed June 1, 2014

This is also one of the "not-to-be-missed" mansions.

Make sure to visit it, if you have time to visit another mansion besides The Breaker.

Thank Marcos V
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Reviewed May 31, 2014

A very interesting view into the home of Alva Vanderbilt, minx extraordinaire. The home is of questionable taste but the story of Alva is well worth spending an hour in her environs.

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