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Address: 596 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-4265
Phone Number: +1 401-847-1000

Marble House was built between 1888 and 1892 for Mr. and Mrs. William K....

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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a bit difficult to visit immediately after The Breakers.... i would suggest going on different days or starting small and working up to the breakers.... it was outstanding and... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

a bit difficult to visit immediately after The Breakers.... i would suggest going on different days or starting small and working up to the breakers.... it was outstanding and beautiful but somehow i found myself comparing to the expansive breakers and in turn calling it "small" (crazy i know!)... i wish we would have started here first! LOVE the womens... More 

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Glenville, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My daughter and I had a very pleasurable visit to Marble House. The audio tour was very informative, and the holiday decorations were beautiful. The grandeur was breathtaking.

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Parsippany, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The marble house and the other Newport mansions, are a wonderful collection of architecture, design and art from a bygone era. Marvel at and appreciate the workmanship and artistry lost to history. The audio tour was excellent. The tea house is presently undergoing renovation and should be open next summer.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Instead of shopping on Black Friday, I took my mum to Newport and we went on a tour of 3 of the mansions. Without question, this was my favorite. This was Mrs. Vanderbilt's 39th birthday present, so if you don't know what to get me.... The mansions are all decorated for Christmas. As long as you turn off your flash,... More 

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Milford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This year The Elms and The Breakers were open at 9am (last year it was 10am for The Elms). Therefore, we opted to do a loop of The Elms, then The Breakers, and lastly Marble House. As stated at each house, please only photography with NO flash. The fireplace mantels on the second floor were decorated by regional garden clubs.... More 

Thank Nikko4Me
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Whilst the Marble house is not as dramatic as the Breakers it's still a gorgeous property. We took the Winter Passport ($30 for adults and $9 youth) which is a really good deal as you get entry to 3 homes for the price of one and it doesn't expire. The mansion all dressed up for the holidays makes for a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While not quite as breathtaking as the Breakers, the Marble House is stunning on its own and the audio tour is fascinating. Like the Breakers, it backs up to the Ocean, offering great vistas both inside and out.

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Averill Park, NY
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you like really excessive, francophile, Sun King worshipping architecture and interior design, you will love Marble House. I do not, and I did not find it appealing in the least. The house has an oppressive feeling that seemed to get worse as the tour continued. I don't know how anyone could digest a meal in the dining room. It... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Comfortable headset and easy to use recorder lets you move through the mansion at your own pace. At each stop you can add on more informative on the Vanderbilts, the art, history, etc. Or not. The tour covers three levels of the house and there is an elevator if needed. The mansion is exceptional in it's smaller scale. Very high... More 

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Nashville, TN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The two most-visited mansions in Newport are The Breakers and Marble House. Grand is the word that describes these two treasures. The audio tour allows visitors to move through the house at their own pace, and photos are allowed. We liked the view of the ocean from the back lawn. Newport’s 5-house ticket is a good value for the price... More 

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