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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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44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906
+1 401-847-1000
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Reviewed yesterday

We toured the Breakers on our own during a stop in Newport. We didn't see any of the other "cottages" since we'd heard this was the most impressive. Admission is relatively expensive, although cheap for children. Parking across the street was free; it was mostly...More

Thank SnowyShasta
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I first visited The Breakers in the 1970's. That visit ultimately led to my becoming an historian. It changed the course of my life because prior to seeing the over the top glories of the bourgeois usurpers of The 500 (New York City's original Brahmin...More

Thank nappiedee
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The mansion is incredible! We loved seeing how the wealthy lived back then. The audio headsets were very informative and told tidbits about each room. It is about the largest mansion on the tour and we were very glad we were able to see it....More

Thank Maureen B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We expected this property to be magnificent before we arrived and it did not disappoint! All I can say is "wow"!! The self-guided tour is fantastic because it gives you wonderful insight into the era and the history of the house from multiple perspective and...More

Thank MsJosieKaye
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The best of the mansions to visit as it's the most elaborate. The others don't quite compare. The American tourists appeared fascinated by these types of homes, however Europeans may not find it quite as awe inspiring. Interesting to hear the stories of the family.

Thank Sam B
Reviewed 3 days ago

Compares with the palaces of wealthest European monarchs. Beautifully maintained property demonstrative of the summer cottages of the "Robber Barrons".

Thank Raymond S
Reviewed 3 days ago

After turning in the headset and self-guided tour device, I was relieved to be done with the display of unbridled exhibitionism. The biographical anecdotes help put the excesses in perspective.

1  Thank Sylvia S
Reviewed 4 days ago

All I can say is "magnificent"! It was the Vanderbilts' summer cottage. Not like any summer cottage I've ever seen. Absolutely beautiful!!

1  Thank faith815
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The breakers is magnificent. I loved every inch!!! Self guided audio tours take around 40 minutes and tell you everything you need to know. Ample free parking is available on site. This is not to be missed if you are visiting Newport

1  Thank rochelleg709
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Definitely allow a lot of time to visit here. There was a line to get in the day we went. Once in, you get a device to do a self tour. We spent time not only listening to the descriptions of the room we were...More

Thank Manateemode
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4 August 2017|
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Response from danny W | Reviewed this property |
Not really easy if you are over 65 like us...Younger than us Enjoyed the Hike(Not Walk)....💜❤️💛
Natalie V
1 December 2016|
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Response from acarneiro | Property representative |
The distance between The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House and Rosecliff is certainly walkable for individuals who are in good shape and enjoy walking, but it is a good walk (close to 1/2 an hour from The Elms to The Breakers... More
Anthony A
18 October 2016|
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Response from acarneiro | Property representative |
Dear Anthony: My apologies for having missed your question when you first posted it. The answer is yes, sometimes. During the summer season, The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House and Rosecliff are all audio tours. But... More

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