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Review of The Breakers

The Breakers
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Newport Viking Trolley Tour with The Breakers and...
Ranked #3 of 118 things to do in Newport
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Vanderbilt's bought beautiful stone and objects from all over the world and brought them to Newport. The headset they supply you with tells the story room by room. It's easy to stay on track and their is additional information about each room if you choose to listen. You will be amazed at the amount of people it would take to run the household on a daily basis. The whole house was amazing but I was especially interested in the kitchen. If you like touring old famous homes than this is one not to miss!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time learning about the history of the Breakers. I would recommend taking your time and really noticing in the architecture.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really an incredible house and story of a time when a house like this could still be built! We will never see homes like this again. The tour is excellent. Very interesting to see how the Vanderbilt’s lived!

Thank Randall P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This review is a balance between the opinions of my wife and I. She loves The Breakers. She could spend all day in here just gawking at all the details and fanciness of the place. I found it interesting but I could probably blow through the whole thing in about 15 minutes. How much you enjoy it will depend on how much you like looking through houses circa the early 1900s or whatever the exact date was that they froze the estate.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Been visiting for 40 years with many new visitors.always awesome and special.just jaw dropping that people liked this way.love this place.




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