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Address: 596 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-4265
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Marble House was built between 1888 and 1892 for Mr. and Mrs. William K....

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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An incredible display of outrageous wealth!!!

While traveling through New England we made a stop in Newport to check out the mansions. They have a lot of impressive mansions to view and many you can tour. Since we were... read more

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Charlotte, NC
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

While traveling through New England we made a stop in Newport to check out the mansions. They have a lot of impressive mansions to view and many you can tour. Since we were short on time we had to choose one to tour and we chose The Marble House. This was one of the Vanderbilt mansions and it did not... More 

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Lake Jackson, Texas
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you love design and history, this is a MUST while in RI. We really enjoyed the audio tour and learning about the Guilded Age--such an era of opulence. This is a busy attraction, so consider going during an "off" time to avoid the crowds.

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Colonia, New Jersey, USA
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Grandeur, splendor, opulence, history and women's suffrage all packed in one place. Self guided tour offers you the history needed to really appreciate this home from its heyday to today. I really fell in love with its beauty, was humbled by its owner and her strong commitment to the women's movement while still being subjected to the rules and mores... More 

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North Bergen, New Jersey
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very interesting and beautiful experience at this beauty and luxury marble house. The purple room my fave room from all. And 40 employees to run the house? Amazing!!

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Carbondale, Illinois
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

As a realtor, house tours are really enjoyable for me. This one didn't disappoint. Beautiful example of the gilded age. Loved the story about the family and wife, who was such a strong woman regarding woman's rights. Well spent hour!

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Annapolis, MD
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This "cottage" has less square footage than some of the other Bellevue Avenue mansions but the incredible amount and beauty of the different marble used is amazing. The audio tour is free and very complete. For instance, this mansion only has one guest room as most of the time they only entertained their millionaire friends (who had their own homes... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes, like the Breakers etc., the Marble House is an amazingly extravagant exposition of how the US answer to royalty lived. It is an amazing building, and the use of light and mirrors to illuminate the rooms is stunning. The grounds must have been a wonderful venue for a party on a sunny day. The Chinese Tea House in the... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the mansions open to public tours, we went on a sunny weekend in July and the crowds were manageable. With the headphones to narrate details about the house and each room, it's jaw-dropping entertainment.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not to be missed if you are into the history of the people and the period. The gift shop is good for nice things to take home.. not touristy.

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Possibly my favourite mansion, the white marble makes this mansion really unique and every room is decorated to perfection. Beautiful place, and the audio guide well worth it!

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