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Review of The Breakers

The Breakers
Ranked #2 of 120 things to do in Newport
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 2 July 2017

We visited four mansions. This was the largest. I can't say that one was more surprising than the other. All were amazing. Maybe The Breakers was the most excessive of all. A window to a bygone era. A definitive must visiting.

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Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

Vanderbilt did an amazing job on this house! It was my seven year old's first audio tour and he really liked it. Having a "family" version is brilliant.
My thirteen year old is a travel vet and she really enjoyed the tour as well.
Absolutely recommend. Kids will enjoy it too!

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Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

We visited the breakers in late June. Out of all the mansions this was our favorite with original content still in the house, great views from the lawn, and an audio tour that helped us understand the House and the story of the original owners.

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Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

Wow! If you only want to visit one of of Mansions, this is the largest. It was rebuilt after a fire in the late 1870's by the Cornelius Vanderbilt family. The rooms, decorations, and furniture is in pristine condition. We really enjoyed the beautiful rooms and grounds. We did not utilize the audio-guided tour, but were able to move through the house easily. One Tip: for only a few dollars more, you can purchase a second tour-called Breaker's Plus for $80 vs. $90 for 3 adults and a child). They let us upgrade after we went through the Breakers, and the tickets don't expire, so we can go through the second house anytime this season. Well worth it!

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Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

Visited The Breakers on a weekend getaway and despite a rainy day, it was worth the trip.

The architecture and expense of the design and decor, hallmarks of the time, are on full display. From the high vaulted ceilings and alabaster columns, to Tiffany glass ornaments and the platinum inlays, The Breakers is a monument to the Vanderbilt fortune and legacy. It is definitely a place to visit.

Thank Ross I
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