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“Elegant but cold like its construction material”
Review of Marble House

Marble House
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Newport Viking Trolley Tour with Admission to The Breakers and Marble House
Ranked #5 of 110 things to do in Newport
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Owner description: 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.
Boston
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“Elegant but cold like its construction material”
Reviewed 4 December 2013

Elms is part of the Christmas tour. It is an elegant mansion and beautifully decorated, but It has a cold, angry feel no doubt because the mother forced her daughter to marry a man she did not love.

Visited December 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Very interesting!”
Reviewed 3 December 2013

While not as large as the Breakers, we liked this house best for its over the top style (compared to the Breakers), but also because the family story is very interesting. Note that the tea house on the grounds is only for historic society members.

Visited October 2013
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Milford, Massachusetts
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“Great to see during the holidays”
Reviewed 2 December 2013

We toured The Breakers, Marble House and The Elms Thanksgiving Weekend. Many of the rooms are decorated for the holidays including Christmas trees and other holiday decorations.

Another Vanderbilt home, a bit smaller than the Breakers but just as opulently decorated. The house was inspired by the Petit Trianon at Versailles!!

Visited November 2013
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Huntington, New York
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“Alva Vanderbilt's gift.....”
Reviewed 11 November 2013

This beautiful marble house is Alva Vanderbilt's gift to the world. This famously rich woman's advocate created a rich elegant abode that stands as a testament to the life of the country's elite. No expense was spared in creating this house from the gracious cast iron worked entrance to the elegant tea house on the grounds. The audio tour was inspiring and helped to re-create an aura of
Yesteryear.

Visited November 2013
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KUTZTOWN
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“My Favorite!!”
Reviewed 3 November 2013 via mobile

Toured 4 mansions and this was my favorite. Just loved the entryway and all the marble. The gilding in the ballroom is unbelievable! Alva Vanderbilt had fine attention to detail. Thoroughly enjoyed!

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