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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 yesterday via mobile

Marble House is a time capsule that provides an interesting glimpse into the gilded age society of the past. Beautiful "summer cottage" of Alva Vanderbilt. Very interesting!

Thank Natalie R
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The only debate when our group of 4 adults and 5 teens visited, was whether we would rather live here or in The Breakers. Breathtaking property, fantastic and interesting tour!!

Thank Amy C
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Marble House was the first "Cottage" we toured as part of our five property package. As with other properties in the area it offered a self-guided tour through Blu headset devices. As the tour progresses, you have to continually select the next clip to be...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Beautiful home and grounds. We took the five mansion tour as it was a better value. We also took the trolley tour to them which wasted time waiting for the trolley and getting to all the homes. There was adequate parking at each home.

Thank ksjhight
Reviewed 6 days ago

As somebody wrote, this is the "other" Vanderbilt House. It truly shows Alva Vanderbilt's character but it wasn't as grand as The Breakers. Her bedroom was a huge grand room fit for a queen and, on the other hand, her husband's was as plain, simple...More

Thank I M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a Lovely mansion and property. We visit the mansions once a year, but we usually reserve our visits for the Holidays when the mansions are decorated with gold and classic trimmings and many trees around the residences. Stunning and beautiful if you have...More

Thank DaveEB310
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is another fabulous mansion that was built by one of the Vanderbilt brothers. I believe that each was trying to out do each other. I have toured this mansion several times and find the history to be extremely interesting. The place is gorgeous with...More

Thank michelewave04
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is remarkable in its sheer audaciousness and high style. You really get a feeling of what it was like to be super rich and famous back in the days of Dukes and Duchesses. It's a little less crowded than the Breakers, which is...More

Thank James P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Another historic gem to view in all of it's glory the way elites lived at the turn of the century. An audio tour let's you explore indoors and outdoors at your own pace all the exquisite details, from the floors to the ceiling and everything...More

Thank tyais75
Reviewed 1 week ago

As amazing as the Breakers really was (thanks in no small part to the breathtaking views), the Marble House as a building really struck us more. From the red-hued marble and gold entry way staircase to the fancy bedrooms to the mind-blowing all-gold and chandelier...More

Thank Roman G
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Response from Barbara F | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is plenty of parking across the street!
23 July 2016|
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Response from rhodeislandbrunette | Reviewed this property |
There is an elevator. Yes
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Response from dl b | Reviewed this property |
I took out a membership as I plan to return to the area this summer...Well worth it...as it also gives a discount on purchases.