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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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It's hard to pick a "favorite" when it comes to the Newport mansions as they all have their own charm and beauty. The Marble House is one of my very favorites. Decorated for... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It's hard to pick a "favorite" when it comes to the Newport mansions as they all have their own charm and beauty. The Marble House is one of my very favorites. Decorated for Christmas it's beauty is even more enhanced. Selfguided tour is the way to see this home with handheld device and headset. You can go at your own... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Very interesting decor. A lot darker than any of the other mansions. Loved to hear the history that went along with the tour. Definitely worth taking the time to see.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

the Tour of the house with the guide is good, you get hear the little details of the house, cool facts, otherwise you might miss some details of the house. Oh by the way... Just a summer house???

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you can only pick one of the many mansions to visit, this should be the one. It is absolutely visually stunning and particularly even more beautiful when decked out for the holidays. It is a self-guided tour available in many languages that allows you to go at your own pace. The tour can be expanded with extra insightful stations... More 

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Burlington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We greatly enjoyed our tour of Marblehouse - a stunning example of architecture and what life was like for some during America's Gilded Age! Unique art too. The audio tour was excellent and there is the opportunity to explore more of the stories or fewer depending on how much time you have. Parking was across the street. A must-see when... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved the decorations set up this time of year. Absolutely beautiful mansion. Yes, marble (and gold) are everywhere. Hard to believe this was basically a summer cottage for the Vanderbilt's. Audio tour is very helpful!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

incredible place that doesn't take all day. Go, even if you think this is not your thing. Extra special at Christmas time

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited on new years day while the holiday decorations were still in place. The audio tour was very helpful and we loved the story of this house.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This one is magnificent. The marble, the gold, the beauty in everything, and of course its history. Forget all other buildings and go to this one if you really want to see how it was. We do love to read/listen about history of this building and Vanderbilt.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went specifically to see the Christmas decorations and were not disappointed. Each room had decorations on the mantle and/or a tree. Very authentic and interesting self guided tour with more or less details as your time or interest level allows. It was a different world out there, for sure.

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