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The Breakers

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Address: 44 Ochre Point Ave., Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: +1 401-847-1000
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The Breakers is the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages" and a...

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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Newport Mansions at Christmas: The Breakers and Marble House
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So glamorous!

This my second visit to a Vanderbilt mansion - the first was to the mansion in Hyde Park, NY - and it didn't disappoint. Certainly a statement of the "conspicuous consumption" in... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This my second visit to a Vanderbilt mansion - the first was to the mansion in Hyde Park, NY - and it didn't disappoint. Certainly a statement of the "conspicuous consumption" in this country.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Limited for time we were able to visit only this one local star by way of the open "Discover Newport Trolley" tour. It was well enough run and with the private audio guide we had fun touring so many parts of the building. The decor quality is remarkable and very much a part of US history of interior decoration. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited on a busy Christmas Weekend Saturday and still plenty of room to see it all. Audio tours included in price of admission. The Vanderbilts lived a charmed life in this seaside mansion. Done up for Christmas it was beautiful. Walking through the past in this detailed manor, gives insight to way of life gone by and experienced by so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife suggested coming here while in Rhode Island. This place was absolutely beautiful, I was not expecting the beauty of the Breakers. The craft of the 19th century in Renaissance-style architecture and design of this beautiful mansion. It is as opulent as it is impressive. My favorite features: gold guilded walls fashioned to look like leather in the library,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We went on Sumer. The staff friendly. Newport is my favorite city. Lovely town. Next time I'll to check it out on winter.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I never get tired of visiting the Breakers and nothing is more magical than seeing it dressed for Christmas. It really is extraordinary. Each time I go I spend a little more time with the "side info" of the audio tour...fascinating stuff.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Words can not describe the magnitude, beauty, and amazing fact that it was built in 2 years. Audio tour is the way to go!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Ample parking nearby. Well organized, perhaps even too... My family of 5 enjoyed the stop. Only the Vatican was more ornately decorated...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was beautiful! use the audio tour, gives you great details and information about the mansion and family. We only saw one mansion and this was the one.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This was my first guided audio tour, ever. The audio tour really submerges you into the property which is beautiful. It's a bit pricey (~$20) but you're walking through history and you have a personal tour guide via the headphones. Definitely check this place out if you have the time!

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