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The Breakers

44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906
+1 401-847-1000
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The Breakers is the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages" and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial preeminence in turn of the century America. Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt established the family fortune in steamships and later in the New York Central Railroad, which was a pivotal development in the industrial growth of the nation during the late 19th century. The Commodore's grandson, Cornelius Vanderbilt II, became Chairman and President of the New York Central Railroad system in 1885, and purchased a wooden house called The Breakers in Newport during that same year. In 1893, he commissioned architect Richard Morris Hunt to design a villa to replace the earlier wood-framed house which was destroyed by fire the previous year. Hunt directed an international team of craftsmen and artisans to create a 70 room Italian Renaissance- style palazzo inspired by the 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turin. Allard and Sons of Paris assisted Hunt with furnishings and fixtures, Austro-American sculptor Karl Bitter designed relief sculpture, and Boston architect Ogden Codman decorated the family quarters.
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“gilded age” (356 reviews)
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44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906
+1 401-847-1000
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Reviewed 2 days ago

While this is the most distant of the mansions from the center of town, it is worth it to make this a priority. The scale of the rooms is larger which makes the over-the-top decoration seem less tacky. The kitchen alone is worth the trip,...More

Thank TorontoLal
Reviewed 3 days ago

Wonderul architecture, amazing things to see and learn about theses fabulous mansions. A must go see.

Thank Jean W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a beautiful and historical tour. The self guided audio is informative and helpful. I can't wait to view the others.

Thank Joanie C
Reviewed 4 days ago

We were very impressed with the self-guided tour. Great audio system, and it allowed you to go at your own pace. The mansion is stunning and gives a good picture of the life of the wealthy at the turn of the century. Lots of interesting...More

Thank boblink515794
Reviewed 4 days ago

maybe the most well known of the mansions, it is massive and opulent and furnished with period pieces full of history. self guided tour with headphones easy to follow and go at your own pace

Thank timriordan
Reviewed 4 days ago

Had been here about 30 years ago but my husband had not tours are now self guided as opposed to small groups with a docent. Unfortunately we were there on a Saturday when it was being prepared for a fashion show that night. Consequently the...More

Thank Kathy G
Reviewed 5 days ago

One of the most amazing homes in America. You will never see another place so opulent. Be sure to do the "Behind the Breakers" tour. Very interesting.

Thank Anthony S
Reviewed 5 days ago

Self guided tour of one of the Vanderbilt Mansions. Beautifully maintained and very interesting. Loved learning about the life of the Vanderbilt's. Breathtaking views from the outdoor living room.

Thank StaceyCo1
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Family enjoyed the listening tour you can go fast or slow with it. The scenery inside and out is amazing. Ocean in the back is a wow factor.

Thank mwjii
Reviewed 5 days ago

This house looked like something out of The Great Gatsby. It's a great example of glitz, glamour, and the Gilded Age before income tax was a thing. This mansion plus one or two others will give you a great idea of what new money back...More

Thank schmayla98
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Natalie V
Can you walk from mansion to mansion or do you have to drive between them?
2 December 2016|
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Response from acarneiro | Property representative |
The distance between The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House and Rosecliff is certainly walkable for individuals who are in good shape and enjoy walking, but it is a good walk (close to 1/2 an hour from The Elms to The Breakers... More
Anthony A
Is there a guided tour not Audio guided for adults who like the personal touch?
18 October 2016|
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Response from acarneiro | Property representative |
Dear Anthony: My apologies for having missed your question when you first posted it. The answer is yes, sometimes. During the summer season, The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House and Rosecliff are all audio tours. But... More
akshay m
How much time will the tour last, considering rush on long weekend?
2 July 2016|
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Response from PVBoston | Reviewed this property |
You can peace yourself the way you want because is self guided tour. You can do the tour with one hour more or less.