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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” (435 reviews)
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44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906
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Reviewed yesterday

We only had time to tour one mansion and this is the largest so we came here. It's hard to imagine how much it cost to build this place. The free audio tour is interesting, giving you a history of what is was like to...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Visited the Breakers this past weekend with 6 individuals. The Breakers are beautiful!! Nice take worth the trip. I believe it is handicap accessible too.

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Reviewed yesterday

A stunning mansion, unparalleled in its beauty to any other mansion I ever saw. A must see for anyone and especially for architecture enthusiasts.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We did the regular audio tour and enjoyed it. The audio did not over power you with too many details. Just enough to keep you interested. Go early because it gets crowded and that would dampen my enjoyment. We arrived about 9;45 and took us...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful mansion. We took the regular self-guided audio walking tour as well as the Beneath Breakers Underground tour with a guide. Although the price for the Underground tour was a little high - it was very interesting and informative. The self-guided audio tour was also...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I'm in Newport for my navy annual training, my wife flew in for the weekend, Breakers was number one on our list add it was closed when wet lived here in 1995. Take the time to listen to the extra explanations on the walking tour,...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

The rebuilding of the Breakers, following a disastrous fire, featured a well constructed tunnel from the gate house to the mansion. The boilers and all possibly combustible elements were positioned within these walls. A series of time lapse photographs are displayed along the corridor and...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Let me try it for a while, even in those days with no internet. Beautiful architecture and some amazing stories. Wish I had more time to check the additional stories. The reason it lost a star is that it is a self guided tour with...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Is always heard of this “cottage”for years. So glad I finally visited. The iPhone tour is excellent. A great look into the gilded age!

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What an unbelievable "cottage"! The decor and opulence were absolutely jaw-dropping, and to think it was all built and completed in two years in the late 1880's! There is an EXCELLENT audio tour that is the best I've ever used...simple to understand and use, and...More

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kmlctravels
8 April 2018|
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Response from Randall P | Reviewed this property |
One hour adequate as the tour is an audio tour. You will spend extra time after each audio presentation to look around the rooms. The grounds are nice as well.
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Rocklobster1991
29 December 2017|
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Response from Lisa Ann M | Reviewed this property |
you can purchase a Winter Passport only 3 homes are open for the tours during winter. you can do 3 homes in 2 days not rushed or in one day at a quick pace the Breakers, The Elm and one other home in close proximity. because... More
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jlboydjr
21 December 2017|
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Response from jetsetter90 | Reviewed this property |
Definitely buy online. There was a line when we went, it went fast but why not purchase online and walk straight in.
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