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The Breakers

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Address: 44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906
Phone Number: +1 401-847-1000
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The Breakers is the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages" and a...

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.

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Beautifully decorated for Christmas!

My husband and I came to visit while decorated for the holidays. It was beautiful. The self guided tour had a ton of information. Not a good place for small children though- we... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My husband and I came to visit while decorated for the holidays. It was beautiful. The self guided tour had a ton of information. Not a good place for small children though- we left our 1 year old at home- no strollers allowed

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I have dreamed of going to see the Breakers for 50 years. I have to admit, I was not disappointed. Even without the audio tour, the mansion is jaw-dropping gorgeous! To think that Reggie Vanderbilt had this "cottage" built for his wife to use for 8-10 weeks of the year is something that I have trouble wrapping my head around.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I highly recommend a visit to The Breakers at holiday time. The rooms are exquisitely decked out, lending an air of magic to the majestic mansion.

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This my second visit to a Vanderbilt mansion - the first was to the mansion in Hyde Park, NY - and it didn't disappoint. Certainly a statement of the "conspicuous consumption" in this country.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Limited for time we were able to visit only this one local star by way of the open "Discover Newport Trolley" tour. It was well enough run and with the private audio guide we had fun touring so many parts of the building. The decor quality is remarkable and very much a part of US history of interior decoration. The... More 

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Visited on a busy Christmas Weekend Saturday and still plenty of room to see it all. Audio tours included in price of admission. The Vanderbilts lived a charmed life in this seaside mansion. Done up for Christmas it was beautiful. Walking through the past in this detailed manor, gives insight to way of life gone by and experienced by so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife suggested coming here while in Rhode Island. This place was absolutely beautiful, I was not expecting the beauty of the Breakers. The craft of the 19th century in Renaissance-style architecture and design of this beautiful mansion. It is as opulent as it is impressive. My favorite features: gold guilded walls fashioned to look like leather in the library,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We went on Sumer. The staff friendly. Newport is my favorite city. Lovely town. Next time I'll to check it out on winter.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I never get tired of visiting the Breakers and nothing is more magical than seeing it dressed for Christmas. It really is extraordinary. Each time I go I spend a little more time with the "side info" of the audio tour...fascinating stuff.

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Words can not describe the magnitude, beauty, and amazing fact that it was built in 2 years. Audio tour is the way to go!

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