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“Great look into history”
Review of The Breakers

The Breakers
Ranked #3 of 119 things to do in Newport
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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 5 July 2017

The summer cottage was beautiful and amazing! I recommend going to visit the cottage, but try to get there in the morning as crowds tend to accumulate towards noon and the afternoon. Also, we did the year membership as it was cheaper to do versus paying individually for viewing multiple cottages in the area.

Thank Erica P
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Reviewed 5 July 2017

Great visit starting at 9 AM. The audio guide is really were efficient. Everyone should visit the Mansions to get a feeling of what it look like these old days. Its amazing to see the difference between the Masters and the Servants. Its sad that there is no visit of the Servant's quarters. Under the roof....

Thank Pierre L
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Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

The Breakers is the Vanderbilts' summer home on the coast. We went with 2 families so 4 adults and 6 kids. This was kids ranging age 2-10 yrs old. Everyone got a headset to tour the mansion. They have a kid friendly tour and an adult tour. The house is magnificent....lots to look at. There are 2 gift shops. It's a little pricey for what it is, but still fun. Coming out the main gate when you're done, if you walk around the right side, you can take the Cliff Walks hike which is also cool!

Thank SanDiegoMomma
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Reviewed 3 July 2017

The home itself speaks volumes about the time and family they lived in this Mansion.
Everything is well kept and preserved for all to see. You get a recorder that takes you though each room with playback as to what that room was used for when the family lived in this mansion.
The view from the grounds in back are just magnificent. I could see one sitting out back and just looking at the water and listening to the sounds of the water.
If you get a chance visit and see how the millionaires of old lived in the 1880's and early 1900's.

Thank FAS64
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Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

See this first, or make it the only mansion you see. Amazing. Huge a gorgeous. Italian architecture. Unbelievable. Everyone loved it.

Thank Marina N
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