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“A peak into the extravagant gilded age”
Review of The Breakers

The Breakers
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Owner description: 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.
Toronto, Canada
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“A peak into the extravagant gilded age”
Reviewed 25 August 2014

It's easy to forget when touring the Breakers that this was a summer home, not a full time residence. The scale is hard to comprehend - over 100,000 square feet of living space, 50 foot ceilings, accommodations for 33 employees on the top floors and so on. The audio tour is very good and allows you to get as much detail as you want on the rooms, the people and the artwork. If you're in a hurry much of this can simply be skipped.

Tip: if you want to visit two homes by a combo ticket - you will save big (and a five home visit even a better deal).

Visited August 2014
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Niantic, Connecticut
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“Wonderful”
Reviewed 25 August 2014

The Breakers was the number 2 stop on our day of mansion site seeing. The last time we were here several years ago it was a guided tour with a tour guide. Now the the tour is self guided with headphones it is so much better. Beautiful rooms. Very informative and educational.

Visited August 2014
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Beautiful place. But to much $$”
Reviewed 25 August 2014 via mobile

Beautiful place. Staffs very nice and helpful. But definitely not worth the money for a 1 hour self guided tour!!!

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“amazing history”
Reviewed 25 August 2014

Loved touring the mansion. Wish they still had guides rather than head sets - but was great to see. grounds are well maintained.

Visited August 2014
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“beautiful historic home”
Reviewed 25 August 2014

enjoyed the audio tour. they also have audio tours for children which our 5 year old boys also enjoyed

Visited August 2014
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