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The Breakers

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Address: 44 Ochre Point Ave., Newport, RI 02840
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+1 401-847-1000
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The Breakers is the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages" and a...

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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education in history

what a place. what history. this is an education for ALL ages. Must see. the grounds indoors and outdoors well kept. it is hard to imagine people stayed ere in the late 1800's... read more

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Staten Island, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

what a place. what history. this is an education for ALL ages. Must see. the grounds indoors and outdoors well kept. it is hard to imagine people stayed ere in the late 1800's. totally amazing

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you are visiting Newport and the mansions, you can't miss Breakers. One of the largest, it is right on the edge of the cliffwalk and is truly the epitomy of opulence. The self-guided tour gives you the opportunity to get more or less information as you go through and it is really worth seeing what the guilded age was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Informative but a little boring. Not a lot to see. There was a lot of information about the history of electricity, plumbing, heating. Interesting, but would not recommend for kids under 10.

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Patchogue, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I don't want to ruin the experience by telling you too much. You MUST see this American treasure. Make sure you go on the "Beneath the Breakers Tour" as well!

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Key West, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a wonderful experience and incrediable easy, knowledgeable trip because they hand out recorders and headsets at the door which guide you through the mansion.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Amazing property and grounds even in winter. Love the recorded tour. We could go at our own pace. Docents were still in most rooms to answer questions.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

From what you can see from the outside along Cliffwalk, this place is emormous! There was no accessible nearby parking, so we decided not to make th elong trek to the entrance, ad just soaked up the view from oceanside - what an oceanview, though

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Built at the behest of Cornelius Vanderbilt II the Breakers is an absurdly opulent palace once referred to as a "summer cottage". Built in the style of European palaces the Breakers is very large and beautiful! My wife and I enjoyed the self guided tour of the home and exploring the grounds outside, which is equally stunning. A must see... More 

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Stratford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We have been to Newport quite a few times and I can visit the Mansions over and over again. My favorite is this one. Each time we visit we see things we didn't see before. The self guided tours are the best because it gives you the opportunity to take your time and really see and enjoy it all and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was amazing! The opulence is out of this world and hard to imagine how anyone ever lived so a lavish life! It was a bit crowded but totally worth it. The details in this house are unreal. This is a must do in Newport it really will blow you away!

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