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Address: 596 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-4265
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+1 401-847-1000

Marble House was built between 1888 and 1892 for Mr. and Mrs. William K....

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.

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Second Only to Breakers in It's Impressiveness!

If you like marble and stone...this is the most impressive display of these I have ever seen in a house. It was made virtually fireproof through the use of marble walls, stairs... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Carl V
Medford, New Jersey
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Medford, New Jersey
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you like marble and stone...this is the most impressive display of these I have ever seen in a house. It was made virtually fireproof through the use of marble walls, stairs, etc. You must include this as part of the 5-house tour package!! Each house is better than the previous one-but save the Breakers for last.. Parking is available.... More 

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Bronxville, NY (USA)
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I think even though this wasn't the largest, it was the most extraordinary of all the mansions. Incredibly ornate, so far over the top, I cannot imagine how or why they did it. It has to be seen as a museum, living there would be incomprehensible.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Marble house, although not as lavish as The Breakers, Marble house is well worth the visit. It's gorgeous, a quick 40 minutes audio tour, if you have more time, listen to the audio extras!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Vanderbilt's were amazingly rich, but the taste this family had was awesome. This marble house is not only one of a kind but is also one of the most well preserved historic sites I've ever visited. The stories about the marble house is enough for a novel, but the fact that it is one of several properties owned by... More 

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Forest Hills, New York
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Marble House is made of some insane amount of marble I sadly can't remember even though I just finished the tour an hour ago. It's enormous but yet still oddly warm and inviting. They also have a self-guided audio tour. Unlike at the Breakers, there was no kids version but my little one enjoyed it anyway. This one gives you... More 

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Dublin, Ohio
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are into marble, this will be heaven for you! With a half million cubic feet of marble, this is an architectural wonder to behold. The workmanship is uncanny as well. From the perspective of the mansion itself, this is a five-star attraction. What makes me rate it four-stars is the lack of any benches for tour visitors to... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulously constructed with the finest materials for another Vanderbuilt family. The location and the ocean vistas from the mansion are magnificent.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I got more than expected with the audio tour. I recommend taking the time to listen to the additional audio blurbs along the route-they are marked by number and are near objects of interest. If you want to know more, just punch in that number and stop and listen for a moment.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This cottage and the Elms are most interesting. Recommend them highly. Take time to observe details and the tours move way too quickly.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Marble House adds to the Vanderbilt story that is complemented at The Breakers--but don't think it'll be repeat because it's much, much different. Ava's story, building the house and how she used it over her life, is incredibly interesting and unlike that of the other homes in the area (or anywhere!). The tour is a bit shorter than the audio... More 

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