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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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“gilded age” (369 reviews)
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44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906
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Reviewed 16 October 2016

Step back in history and enjoy the decadence of this home. The self-guided tour was excellent and the sheer opulence of the Breakers is astonishing. It provides an exceptional history lesson.

Thank cjshea25
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

After Rough Point this is at the other end of the spectrum when it comes to opulence, over the top in every way but I liked it, yes is was a statement, but that was Cornelius Vanderbilt, who also built Rough Point. This is an...More

Thank mikeyburns
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Knowing I was coming to Newport for a quick visit, I began reading Fortune's Children to learn more about the Vanderbilts. Such an interesting family. This house is breathtaking. Everything from the wall panels to the views of the sea, I could not get enough...More

Thank brooke2h
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Visited The Breakers as part of three mansion ticket on recommendation of ticket agent. If you only visit one mansion then visit this one. The architecture and decoration is awe inspiring and shows what wealth can do. Good audio tour included in price, lasting about...More

Thank Peter H
Reviewed 15 October 2016

This tour is great. You have an audio guide to take you through each room. They have 2 settings depending on what kind of information you want. You set the pace and stay where you want to stay. My only complaint was that it was...More

Thank Paula M
Reviewed 15 October 2016

Stunning doesn't even begin to describe the sensory overload as you step into this mansion. As with the other mansions it would be challenging to navigate for the handicapped. Bring your camera (can't use the flash). This is a self guided audio tour. As soon...More

Thank advsmuch
Reviewed 15 October 2016

this is one of the best mansions in Newport - it is a must see on your visit - the grounds are beautiful and the inside is beyond belief

Thank walter s
Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

The detail and history of this property is amazing. It's so beautiful inside and out. They offer guided tours as well as self tours with ear buds

Thank Evelyn C
Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

A little pricey but a look inside the elite of a past Era lived. The audio tour is a must and included in your admission price. Perfect for you to explore at your leisure. The ocean view from the top floor is gorgeous. The elevator...More

Thank BarbT18
Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

It's a must see.... Holy unreal! If you like history and gorgeous architecture GO! Don't miss it. We can't wait to see all the other mansions.

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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
akshay m
1 July 2016|
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Response from PVBoston | Reviewed this property |
You can peace yourself the way you want because is self guided tour. You can do the tour with one hour more or less.