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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 4 days ago

My husband and I toured the Marble House recently and were very impressed. The artwork and furnishings are magnificent. And the marble on the walls lends richness to the mansion. We enjoyed the free audio that comes with admission.

Thank sundown_10
Reviewed 5 days ago

All dressed up for the Holidays with fresh and potted plants, just added to the total wonder of this summer home.

Thank BoscoW52
Reviewed 5 days ago

This home is amazing. The marble floors, columns and walls are dazzling. The history and personalities of those who lived here are just as interesting as the home itself. We actually preferred this home over the Breakers, as it felt more intimate and inviting.

Thank PhilM2006
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Entirely made of Marble this mansion did not disappoint. We purchased the winter’s pass to see this mansion along with the Breakers and Elms. The house looked even more spectacular with the Christmas decorations.

Thank Pipsy05
Reviewed 6 days ago

The rooms were stunning with the Christmas decorations. The audio tour offered just the right amount of detail about each room and the Vanderbilts. I highly recommend visiting this property.

Thank jfmonahan27
Reviewed 1 week ago

First time in Newport and went to tour the Mansions for Christmas. The place is awesome, not like places in Europe but pretty dam close. If you love the architecture like I do you have to go.

Thank Peter C
Reviewed 1 week ago

The woman who owned the Marble House was determined to be the "belle of the ball", the "toast of society", and went about decorating her already very elegant house with world class art work. The house notwithstanding, one should visit this house to see artwork...More

Thank Lillian C
Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved the Gold Room and ALma’s bedroom. It was all so lovely and beautifully decorated for Christmas. The stories on the audio tape gave clues to the life of the Rich and Famous! Alma was one of the first women in the family to...More

Thank Kare2Bme
Reviewed 1 week ago

With so many mansions to visit in Newport, I tend to stay away from The Breakers and head to Marble House. The Breakers is the most publicized, has the longest lines and I feel is the least "homey", if you can call a cottage of...More

Thank Sandy A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Would equate Marble House to the Breakers little brother. Spectacular, and certainly a can't miss, but if I had to choose just one mansion to see I'd see the Breakers. I'm not big into history, but I can imagine the Mansions being a historian's dream.

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Rebecca S
6 December 2017|
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Response from Lillian C | Reviewed this property |
Each of the tour homes had its own gift shop, generally located in a place at the end of the tour. There were a variety of items, some relating to that era, and some focusing on Rhode Island.
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!