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Review of The Breakers

The Breakers
Ranked #1 of 82 things to do in Newport
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

Breathtaking visit back in time! The history was incredible to see. The view from the second floor porch area was just beautiful!

Thank Danielle P
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Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

The grounds are beautiful. The electronic tour guide was most informative. What a location and such opulence. A little over the top, but interesting to see the detailed workmanship that went into this mansion. Visions of children sliding down the bannisters and riding their tricycles around the main floor made it a touch more approachable. I would recommend it.

Thank E555555
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

It was beautiful! You get an audio tour for $29 per person. It was a neat tour and allowed for you to view the house at your own pace. The veranda enticed us to walk along the cliffs outside. It was a beautiful view.

Thank hcs922
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Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

What a beautiful place this place, the grounds around the house, great for a family day out. Lots of places to take beautiful photos.

Thank abulk627
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Reviewed 25 June 2018

Wow, to see homes like this along the Cliff Walk is the breathtaking. Have to see it in person to really experience the beauty of the home.

Thank seunghyeh2017
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