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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
+1 401-847-1000
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Reviewed 1 week ago

That this house (1892) originally was owned and designed by Alva Vanderbilt shows in the way her love for France is recognizable in almost every room. Most parts of this beautiful mansion look even on this day, like she is still living here. We had...More

Thank Nol v
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It amazes me there are so many Newport mansions still available to tour to view how the wealthy summered 100+ years ago. These homes represent a time-gone-by for a very few families of immense wealth. Each house has it own character but all have over-the-top...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the mansions on the tour route, Marble House is a great example of the gilded age. We saw it decorated for Christmas, which added to the tour.

Thank Charles B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great day trip from NY to explore the historical mansion. There are several mansions in Newport county that are open to public as museums; show casing some of American’s wealthiest families’ summer vacation homes of the past. Of the various mansions, Marble House is...More

Thank ContinentsExplorer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As discussed in the previous mansion description the tours are self guided with hearing devices and give a great information on all aspects of the mansion. The Mansions are decorated for Christmas so it was a pleasure to visit and see there holiday setups.

Thank John F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful tribute to marble. Made better by Christmas decorations. Stunning and a must see when in Newport.

Thank cfalz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited while it was decorated for the holidays. It was just gorgeous! Love the audio tours that allow you to listen the basic info and more if you like.

Thank Cttraveler66
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited all three mansions decorated for Christmas but this one was really outstanding; not only is the Marble House elegant on it's own, but the decorations were over the top!!

Thank 66birchpoint
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Marble house is "smaller" than some of the other Newport Mansion - because it was designed to be a home rather than a place for entertainment like The Breakers. If you have time to do only 2 or 3 mansion this is one to include...More

Thank KC4444
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Touring these gilded age mansions was the reason for our trip and we throughly enjoyed Marble House as one of our stops!

Thank kcalmole
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Rebecca S
6 December 2017|
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Response from Oliver S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, and a good one
Jo G
21 August 2017|
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Response from Debra M | Reviewed this property |
The 5 mansion pass is the way to go - Free parking for all the mansions.
4 September 2016|
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Response from Barbara F | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is plenty of parking across the street!