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“another grand Vanderbilt building, love the Chinese tea pavilion!”
Review of Marble House

Marble House
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$89.00*
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Ranked #6 of 118 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 4 weeks ago

This is a superb building and grounds, well kept and the audio tour that comes with the entrance ticket (go for the multi-mansion ticket, if you have the time to visit more than just one) tells a lot of the history. You can wander around the building at your own pace.

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Reviewed June 11, 2018 via mobile

A nice mansion to visit in Newport. Nothing outstanding about the mansion but it did have a super view of the ocean from the yard.

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Reviewed June 11, 2018

This is another 'cottage' and although it is marble, it is subdued compared with, say, the Breakers. It is remarkable, ornate and a pleasure to visit. There is a very good audio guide.

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Reviewed June 9, 2018

This little shack is ornate and over the top. Quite possibly the most beautiful place i have ever seen.

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Reviewed June 6, 2018 via mobile

This is a favorite of mine. The entire house is filled with marble and the history behind it is amazing.

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