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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 1 July 2017 via mobile

Visited The Breakers on a weekend getaway and despite a rainy day, it was worth the trip. The architecture and expense of the design and decor, hallmarks of the time, are on full display. From the high vaulted ceilings and alabaster columns, to Tiffany glass...More

Thank Ross I
Reviewed 30 June 2017

We visited on Friday, June 30, 2017 right at opening 9:00 am. We went to the Preservation official website and they stated that there was free parking at each house. So we drove and parked at three houses for free. No waiting for trolley/busses in...More

4  Thank Steve0315
Reviewed 30 June 2017

Very extravagant home! Beautiful to see and interesting to hear the back stories. Audio tour included with the price.

1  Thank EuroFans
Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

A multi generational group of 3 adults and 3 kids erre excited to visit on a beautiful Saturday morning. We drove around the dirt parking lot too many times to count only to find out admission is $25 adults and $20 for children. Ridiculous! We...More

1  Thank lotsoluff
Reviewed 29 June 2017

The Vanderbilt Family's turn of the last century Breakers mansion is so large, so expensively built, and so well preserved that this trip is worth every second you are on these grounds. However, it also stirs up disgust for an economic system that would allow...More

Thank Ken A
Reviewed 29 June 2017

We toured the Breakers on our own with an audio tour. This was our third visit, each separated by about 10 years. The house is in magnificent condition. After having a personal guise the first time, a clunky audio machine the second, we lived the...More

Thank Sylvia A
Reviewed 29 June 2017

Not only is this a beautiful home to tour, the audio self-guided tour makes it come alive. The details are interesting and keep your attention throughout. The instructions as to where to go next are clearly stated. There are also more in-depth audio descriptions if...More

Thank Cindy S
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed the family audio tour of the breakers in Newport! Just about an hour, kids stayed interested and unbelievable grounds to explore! Good take for the family.

Thank murphy4547
Reviewed 28 June 2017

One of the most beautiful mansions to tour. Audio tour was informative but not too long. Would definitely recommend.

Thank LFluvs2travel
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

Absolutely beautiful. A must see. It is so amazing the decor in this mansion. I can't even imagine how this was built in this time. This was an amazing trip I highly recommend

Thank karentyson
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29 December 2017|
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Response from Lisa Ann M | Reviewed this property |
you can purchase a Winter Passport only 3 homes are open for the tours during winter. you can do 3 homes in 2 days not rushed or in one day at a quick pace the Breakers, The Elm and one other home in close proximity. because... More
21 December 2017|
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Response from jetsetter90 | Reviewed this property |
Definitely buy online. There was a line when we went, it went fast but why not purchase online and walk straight in.
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19 October 2017|
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Response from Jane H | Reviewed this property |
No except guide dogs