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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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Wish this was my 4th or 5th home

House owned by the WK Vanderbilt, younger brother of Cornelius II. Check out the Gothic Room and the outdoor Tea Pagoda along with the other unique rooms.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

House owned by the WK Vanderbilt, younger brother of Cornelius II. Check out the Gothic Room and the outdoor Tea Pagoda along with the other unique rooms.

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Traverse City, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Another amazing structure. To imagine what this took to build this home is part of the fun. A must see and walk around both inside and out. Do not rush and listen to the history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We took advantage of the Winter Passport (all four open houses for one price), and toured the Breakers and Rosecliff before Marble House. I could not be happier that we did. Marble House was having Internet connectivity issues because of a storm the day before, so we were given a guided tour (and were the only ones on it!). The... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Vanderbilts certainly knew how to make money. Whether they knew how to spend it well is up for discussion but spend lots of money they certainly did. Keeping up with the Vanderbilts was something if an early 20th century obsession but the Vs stayed on top! This house is very impressive. Taste is a moveable feast and the furniture... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great building if your around the area its a gogo a museam that really takes you back in time worth your while goo!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We toured Marble House on a snowy winter's day. It truly is over the top in lux, marble & gilding. They have an amazing, very well stocked gift shop w/ interesting small items & books.

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Glyndon, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to the Marble House because the famous Breakers was too crowded. It was well worth it. The Marble House comes with the Vanderbilt name attached to it and not a penny spared in its creation. It is spectacular! The family story is media worthy and I won't spoil it for you by telling here. I will say that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the last of the 3 mansions that we toured on our recent trip. It was magnificent. Just stunning. The tour guide was very knowledgable. Our group was small being that it was off season. The amount of marble used in the mansion was just incredible.

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Yorktown Heights, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are seeing only one mansion in Newport, this is the one to visit. It may not be as big or elegant as The Breakers, but what puts Marble House at the top of my list of mansions to see is the live guided tour. Our tour guide made the experience come alive and much more fun in contrast... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful mansion however staff is a little intense. Group was about six people to big and we had to wait a half an hour to go on the tour. Staff was not paying attention to who was on the tour. They let someone on our tour who should have waited like we did for a half an hour. She had... More 

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acarneiro, Public Relations Manager at Marble House, responded to this review

On behalf of the Preservation Society of Newport County, we apologize that you had an unsatisfactory experience. We hold ourselves to a high standard of customer service, and clearly on this day we fell short. We hope that you will visit the Newport Mansions again and have a more positive experience. More 

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