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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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Reviewed 1 week ago

A marble house designed by someone who seemed to have lost a few of hers. It is another extreme example of the Gilded Age, designed by someone who lacked the general courtesy of the age. Usually these mansions were designed with the idea that you...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Since it's all marble, it feels a lot colder than the other mansions, I am sorry, summer "cottages". It's too big and there is some problem with how the spaces (rooms) are arranged. The woman who commissioned it thought too much of herself, as a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful columned home on Bellevue avenue built by the Vanderbilt's. Started in 1888 it took four years to complete,after all it takes a lot of work to fit all the marble in. Our guide was knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. Great mansion...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You will love the splendor of this summer home, built by Vanderbuilt's brother with it's own unique history. Enjoy!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did the mansion tours but drove in our car. Very large stately mansions by the ocean. This is where the high society people live. Driving by, you feel like you have gone back in time.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is definitely worth a visit if you are ever in Aquidneck Island since it is very unique and the best building to my opinion

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This house is open, airy, beautiful. There's a reason it's called the Marble House. The furnishings are beautiful. The front door itself is amazing. The staff is friendly, as well.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Back after many years since the 1970s. Last here in the 1990s.seems rundown.I was disappointed and sad.still beautiful but not like I remember

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really enjoyed this house - the history and construction are amazing. It is beautiful and we enjoyed taking our time to walk around both inside and house.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Truest a gilded mansion. A lot of rooms are marble made of gilded marble. There is a fence deco twist with a gothic room. Larry was our tour guide and he did a great job. Parking was amply since we came off season

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Yes, and a good one
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The 5 mansion pass is the way to go - Free parking for all the mansions.
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Yes there is plenty of parking across the street!
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