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“My second favorite mansion!”
Review of Marble House

Marble House
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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.
Reviewed 21 August 2014

I think out of all of the mansions that I saw in newport , Marble house does come in second , right after the Breakers! A must see !!!!!!

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Reviewed 20 August 2014

This is widely recognized as one of the great buildings (mansions) in the country--and perhaps the world. It is an incredible work of art that shows great attention to detail. Take your time to tour this and see all the elements that go into the design of a masterpiece.

The front door is an engineering feat that would be a challenge to craftsmen today--blessed with far more advanced tools than existed in the late 1800's. It is a real sight to see a 90 year old lady (docent) open the multiple ton door as if it weighs nothing!

The cost of the structure and the time to build it is mind blowing--as is the history of the people that lived there. If you have time for only one, this is it!

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Reviewed 17 August 2014

Marble House, true to its name is constructed, both inside and out of marble. The rooms are excessively ostentatious and gaudy. One room was "papered" with 3 inch square pieces of gold leaf. Excellent period architecture.

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Reviewed 17 August 2014

This was a nice mansion. No tour guide you use headphones and a audio recorder to give you the facts about the mansion. Although it wasn't a long tour it seemed to only take like 20 minutes. Didn't really feel i got moneys worth. There were a lot of groups there at the time so maybe you might want to check out any of the mansions to see if there are a lot of groups that day.

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Reviewed 16 August 2014

The Breakers is most popular, but after touring 8 mansions I would recommend Marble House for those who only plan to visit one. Built by the brother of the Breaker's Vanderbilt, it seems mostly the creation of his wife who must have been a forceful character of her time. She planned for this to be the most impressive place in Newport. The awesome gold dining room leads into a dark wood gothic church-like room…just one example of the jaw-dropping decor. After finishing Marble House, she continued to amaze by obtaining the first divorce among NYC society leaders, holding her daughter prisoner to insure her marriage to the English Duke of Marborough (relating them to Winston Churchill), and then becoming a strong supporter of Women's Rights Movements. One room is dedicated to one of her sons and his yachting career which included three America's Cup victories.

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