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“Alva Vanderbilt”
Review of Marble House

Marble House
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Newport Viking Trolley Tour with Admission to The Breakers and Marble House
Ranked #5 of 110 things to do in Newport
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Portland, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Alva Vanderbilt”
Reviewed 18 March 2012

Lost of educational stuff. Neat if your into women's rights. Smaller than the rest but bigger than Rosecliff

Visited June 2011
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“The Breakers Smaller Sibling”
Reviewed 17 March 2012

Much smaller in scale than The Breakers, this estate was also owned by a Vanderbilt brother. Magnificent marble and intricate detail in this estate. Fantastic!
On our weekend in March, only The Breakers, Marble House and The Elms were open on weekends! Make sure to check the tour schedule!

Visited March 2012
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Mendham, New Jersey
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Reviewed 6 March 2012

There is an incredible amount of history here! If you appreciate the womens liberation moment there is specifically alot of this history here. If not, the tour is worthy for the grounds and home itself!

Visited February 2012
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North Salem, New York
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“For the sailing enthusiast!”
Reviewed 3 March 2012

If you are interested in The Americas Cup, this is filled with trophies and artwork that you will enjoy! and the story of the building of the house is really intersting!

Visited February 2012
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“Great audio tour!”
Reviewed 28 February 2012

Very interesting and well done audio tour included - the story of the lady of the house really made this one interesting!

Visited February 2012
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