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The Breakers

44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906
+1 401-847-1000
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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.
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44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906
+1 401-847-1000
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Reviewed yesterday

Having visited the gorgeously decorated Newport Mansions at Christmas time before, we didn't think we would want to do the same thing again, but we saw the notice about the special evening celebrations and as we were staying in Newport for a couple of days...More

Thank myblackdog
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Holy mackerel Andy! People live like this? Far too ostentatious to even comprehend. Extreme, no, FAR FAR extreme on how to spend money when you have so much you are literally drowning in money. We toured The Breakers yesterday and were overwhelmed by everything. I...More

Thank vbdenny
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It was very interesting to see the Breakers. We ended up learning a lot more than we thought. We enjoyed the self tour and the stories that accompanied it.

Thank Heather R
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Headed to Newport for the day with a friend. The Breakers came up as a must-do item so we decided to check it out. The mansion was decorated for the holiday so our expectations were to tour a mansion with beautiful Christmas trees. What we...More

Thank Holly A
Reviewed 5 days ago

My husband and I toured the Breakers a few weeks ago. The free video tour was an excellent addition to the visit. The artwork and furnishings of the Breakers are magnificent.

Thank sundown_10
Reviewed 5 days ago

Go at Christmas...what a display..worth every penny of the 3 tour package..did the Elms also...just a nice afternoon, soaking up the millionaires life from the early 1900's. And to think, this place was almost DEMOLISHED!! Bravo to the Preservation Society...

Thank mikecapp45
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It's like taking a tour back in time and experiencing the life of The Vandlerbilts. Truly a mansion preserved in time. Come dressed properly yet comfortable. Proper shoes is a must as you will have to use the stairs as the mansions are various levels....More

Thank Elizabeth M
Reviewed 6 days ago

The mansion was beautifully decorated for the holidays. I suggest you buy your tickets online. We got there around 2 and the line to purchase tickets was long, it did go quickly.

Thank jetsetter90
Reviewed 6 days ago

Great time to visit. Very festive and impressive. The self-guided audio tour is very informative. Lots of parking, but plan on some walking, including stairs.

Thank Robin M
Reviewed 6 days ago

Like the other mansions at Christmas time they are decorated so beautifully. It was very very elegant and enjoyable. I would recommend this weekend get-away.

Thank 136sandy
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Sue W
19 October 2017|
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Response from Jane H | Reviewed this property |
No except guide dogs
29 September 2017|
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Response from aswezey | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the late response but we bought ticket for the carriage ride tour at 42 per person.
24 September 2017|
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Response from Frank F | Reviewed this property |
I’m not sure. I’d probably contact the Preservation Society for details