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Marble House

596 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-4265
+1 401-847-1000
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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.
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596 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-4265
+1 401-847-1000
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a Mansion! No words can describe! We visit the Marble House every year in September for the Food and Wine Festival and what a treat this is! One of my favorite places when in Newport!

Thank CaVok8Fly
Reviewed 2 days ago

Movies "The Great Gatsby", "27 Dresses", and "Amistad" were filmed here. Beautiful place and a must to see! Spend time listening to the added information on the headsets. Alva was quite a woman "well behaved women seldom make history". Check out her bed!

Thank marylou72
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Marble House is quite impreaaive....but we enjoyed the Breakers more. Still worth the trip. We only spent about 40 mins in this home. It made an impression of a lifetime.

Thank poundog
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Beautiful from the outside, within it's like looking in a jeweled box. Each room is opulent and unique. The glass doors allow you to glimpse inside a magic room and then you enter and stand inside. If the surfaces are not covered in marble they...More

Thank robertinSJ
Reviewed 5 days ago

When it was built between 1888 and 1892, Marble House was unparalleled in design and opulence. Designed by the noted society architect Richard Morris Hunt, it was built as a summer cottage retreat for Alva and William Kissam Vanderbilt. It was a social landmark that...More

Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 6 days ago

Apparently, the family could not share the Breakers for a few weeks every summer and the brother's wife decided to import the best marble she could find so that her "cottage" was as grand as the Breakers.

Thank Canan O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Marble House is one of several early 20th century mansions in Newport. Virtually every room in this particular property smells palpably like the ammonium stink of urine. Is there a no solution for this? And the young staff members seem like they want to be...More

Thank TravelRover7777
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stunning mansion FULL of marble. Again, not everyone's taste, but absolutely beautiful in it's array of colored marble. Very interesting audio tour full of interesting facts about the lives led her back in the day. Complete with a lovely 'tea' house overlooking the cliffs. A...More

Thank Frank F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

All the cottages are wonderful to tour, and while Marble House is not my favorite cottage, the history of the owners is particularly interesting.

Thank peglegdebs
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We toured 4 mansions and this one by far was the best! The audio tour was so interesting and the rooms were gorgeous!!!! A must see for anyone visiting Newport RI.

Thank Laura D
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Jo G
21 August 2017|
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Response from Debra M | Reviewed this property |
The 5 mansion pass is the way to go - Free parking for all the mansions.
5 September 2016|
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Response from Barbara F | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is plenty of parking across the street!
23 July 2016|
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Response from rhodeislandbrunette | Reviewed this property |
There is an elevator. Yes

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