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The Breakers

44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906
+1 401-847-1000
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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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44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Spectacular representation of the wealth in the gilded age. A jaw dropping peek at life from another time in history. Thanks for preserving it.

Thank Jenny F
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Reviewed 2 days ago

If you're in Newport, and you have nothing else to do - or it's raining... then give 1 or 2 mansions a tour. There's no need to visit every old house, unless that's your "thing". It's expensive to look at these houses, and you don't...More

Thank Mitch V
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was a self guided audio tour that was very favorable for going at your own pace and still had plenty of rooms open in the house to really savor. Unlike Hearst Castle on the West Coast we went in groups with a tour guide...More

Thank J C
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The opulence of the mansion was greater than the ones I've visited in Europe and my imagery of the lifestyle of those living there at the time was beyond my imagination. The staffing and maintenance of the facilities and the clothing, furnishings and art was...More

Thank Alohajudy900
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Amazing mansion tour. We did the audio self tour. It was fast moving and informative. The house and grounds were wonderfully maintained. So cool to see how the super rich lived in the guilded age.

Thank Pghtraveler555
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I was told if I could only visit 1 of the mansions this was the one to see. I enjoyed the visit. I do not usually like audio tours, but the content of this one was very well done even if the interface was a...More

Thank Jay K
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Beautiful location. Great tour. Under the Breakers tour was also very interesting. Staff are friendly.

Thank sabiner625
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Lots of history behind these walls. Audio tour was fabulous, allowing you to move at your own pace and pick the level of detail you were interested in hearing!

1  Thank Kate A
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited Newport with 5 of my friends and the first thing we did was visit the Breakers. It is magically beautiful and tastefully done. It is a must see if you ever visit Newport. Parking is free and easily accessible , just across the street....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I spent a weekend in Newport with no real agenda. The Saturday of our visit at the beginning of May was a bit cool and rainy, so we decided to give one of tgebmansion tours a try. The self guided tour at...More

Thank Melissa O
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kmlctravels
8 April 2018|
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Response from Randall P | Reviewed this property |
One hour adequate as the tour is an audio tour. You will spend extra time after each audio presentation to look around the rooms. The grounds are nice as well.
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Rocklobster1991
29 December 2017|
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Response from Lisa Ann M | Reviewed this property |
you can purchase a Winter Passport only 3 homes are open for the tours during winter. you can do 3 homes in 2 days not rushed or in one day at a quick pace the Breakers, The Elm and one other home in close proximity. because... More
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jlboydjr
21 December 2017|
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Response from jetsetter90 | Reviewed this property |
Definitely buy online. There was a line when we went, it went fast but why not purchase online and walk straight in.
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