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Marble House

596 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-4265
+1 401-847-1000
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Newport Viking Trolley Tour with Admission to The Breakers and Marble House
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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 2 days ago

What a wonderful house! Wow and uber-wow! Well worth the entry fee, fascinating history of the house and the family!

Thank platpeeps
Reviewed 3 days ago

With the recorded tour we could go at our own pace and enjoy the whole experience..Well worth the admission fee.

Thank Diane M
Reviewed 3 days ago

An short hop from the cliff walk, I highly recommend visiting Marble House. Incredible architecture, design, construction, and preservation.

Thank F5989IAdavidl
Reviewed 4 days ago

Of all the Newport cottages, this was my personal favorite. It's so hard to relate to what it was like to live in the house, but it's amazing and beautiful to see. This house offers a self-paced tour with a complimentary headset audio. The pace...More

Thank Dean_Amy-2004
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This was one of the houses open during the Christmas decoration time and is beautifully decorated. For me it was the least impressive of the three that are on the tour. But a must see, especially the gothic room.

Thank Eataroundwoburn
Reviewed 4 days ago

Marble House, it sounded cold not drafty cold but architecturally cold. This 'summer cottage' was BEAUTIFUL!!!! The audio tour was so much better than at the 'Breakers'. We needed more time to spend than we had, but I took lots of pictures.

Thank Milissa O
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Ms, Alva Vanderbilt,( wife of Cornelius Vanderbuilt) a very swave businesswoman, "swindled " her new millionaire husband into putting his new estate; The" Marble House", only in HER name as a birthday present. What great foresight for her ,when the couple got divorced in 1895,...More

Thank grufdee
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although not as grand as The Breakers, I really liked the interior of this house with the marble everywhere! As with all the mansions on the water, this one had a wonderful view.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited The Breakers, Rosewood and Marble House; Marble House being the most tasteful display of the Gilded Age with self-guided electronic tour. Excellent.

Thank njbchbum
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful well preserved mansion. Important to take the guided tour to really learn all the great things that happened at this place, and all the history it has.

Thank HO1964
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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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