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Marble House

596 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-4265
+1 401-847-1000
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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.
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596 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-4265
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After touring The Breakers, my friends and I decided to tour Marble House. The Vanderbilts described this property as a "cottage," but it is just the opposite! Almost entirely made of marble, this property was deliberately constructed to demonstrate the family's wealth, even though the...More

Thank Ash B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

You must visit Marble house. It's a gorgeous mansion with amazing views. Ample free parking on site. Self guided audio tour takes around fourty minutes and gives you all the information you need. I loved it!!!

Thank rochelleg709
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Totally enjoyed touring here. It is a bit of a walk from the parking lot to the entrance for anyone with walking issues. But the hydrangeas were beautiful lining the walk and captivated our attention. Marble house is a smaller mansion and easier to tour....More

Thank Manateemode
Reviewed 5 days ago

3rd stop on our 5 mansion pass. The area is easy to navigate and parking is plentiful. I say this because I was going to schedule the trolly tour and I'm glad I did not. This gave us plenty of time to spend at each...More

Thank Mommyof5or3
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This mansion features some of the best use of stone I've ever seen. The gold salon is so garish, it's tasteful. The Gothic Room is fascinating. This house isn't as large as The Breakers, but it is every bit impressive. It offered an audio tour,...More

Thank Amy C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Again, as with others old mansions of Newport, the audioguide is perfect. It comes in many languages. You have a lot of informations to understand several aspects of life by the time it was build. A must see.

Thank julianncy
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our last stop of our mansion tour and I'm glad we saved the best for last. The Marble House may be overlooked by the more popular Breakers, but is absolutely the most breathtaking. I consider the Marble House a mandatory tour when visiting...More

Thank Mark M
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I really enjoyed Marble House. We loved the contrast between this Vanderbilt mansion and The Breakers, which the two combined really outline the tycoon family's legacy. The audio tour for this particular mansion really explained the character of the inhabitants. We also...More

Thank Daniel D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Was able to see this giant mansion and estate from the Cliff walk first. Highly recommend walking there first. When I came across the old Asian Tea House, I thought it was a separate structure onto itself* It turned out to be part of the...More

Thank Jacky C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Like the other mansion tours, I was impressed by the organization and efficiency of the staff. The house itself is an overwhelming show of extravaganza... and the history of the house and the Vanderbilts was fascinating. I definitely would recommend a visit

Thank gaj2260
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clangm
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Response from Barbara F | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is plenty of parking across the street!
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Response from rhodeislandbrunette | Reviewed this property |
There is an elevator. Yes
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ritaj132015
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Response from dl b | Reviewed this property |
I took out a membership as I plan to return to the area this summer...Well worth it...as it also gives a discount on purchases.
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