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The Breakers

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Address: 44 Ochre Point Ave., Newport, RI 02840
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+1 401-847-1000
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The Breakers is the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages" and a...

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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This was amazing! The opulence is out of this world and hard to imagine how anyone ever lived so a lavish life! It was a bit crowded but totally worth it. The details in this... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was amazing! The opulence is out of this world and hard to imagine how anyone ever lived so a lavish life! It was a bit crowded but totally worth it. The details in this house are unreal. This is a must do in Newport it really will blow you away!

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Parsippany, New Jersey, United States
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Wear comfy shoes and if possible you can get additional mansion tours for $3 more. Amazing how the rich lived back then!

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A must-see attraction when visiting Newport. The Vanderbilt's little summer house is grand, large (not Biltmore size) and a perfect example of Gilded Age living. The fact that they only stayed there 6 weeks a year is even more amazing. I loved the tubs in the bathrooms and the Medieval room. The kitchen was also amazing said our chef travelling... More 

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Wow, not much more to say. extremely ornate but impressive none the less. Really thought provoking, how the people lived, how it was made, what is was like at the time in history. Must be really beautiful in the summer. definitely worth a visit

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Completely amazing! Family enjoyed it very much.. The opulence and lavish living leaves you awe struck. Can be very busy but totally worth it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A must do while in Newport, the Breakers is the largest mansion open for tours in town. Typically takes around an hour to upwards of an hour and a half to complete the self guided audio tour. It is the most visited tourist attraction in Newport for good reason. Be sure to plan eating before or after your visit considering... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had a guide who was very knowledgeable about the era and Vanderbilt! The "home" is amazing. Everything down to the acorns in the inlay. It must have been quite the place in its day!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

it ought to be The Breakers. It is not the most tasteful of the Newport Mansions - in fact, it is probably one of the most over-the-top gaudy - but it seems to be the standard by which you can judge the rest. The home (if it can be called that) defines the term "conspicuous consumption" and is worth seeing... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

GO GO GO GO GO! I have been going to the Breakers/Newport since I was a kid, and honestly, it's only gotten better. The history of the mansion, of the family, is so vast and interesting. Can't wait to go back to see the 'Under the Breakers Tour'... Just make sure you watch your headsets, I got a faulty one... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

When in Newport you must take the time to visit at least one of the Mansions. This place was Beautiful. Our tour guide Stephanie was excellent!

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