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Address: 44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906
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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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You won't understand Newport if you don't go here.

Not visiting the mansions while in Newport is like eating pizza without the cheese... The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House and Rough Point are must see historic sites worth a... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2016
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Hartford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

Not visiting the mansions while in Newport is like eating pizza without the cheese... The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House and Rough Point are must see historic sites worth a visit at least every few years.

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Warwick, Rhode Island
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

This is my favorite mansion out of them all. The inside is amazing and the views from the surrounding grounds are breathtaking. I love that you get to see the kitchen. This is a must see while taking a trip to Newport.

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Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

This is the biggest Newport mansion and built with " money is no object" age (gilded) Self tour and able to hear more details.

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Atlanta, GA
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

I was amazed at the "technology" that was included in this home even though it was built to long ago. The way they had the tour set up made it easy to navigate and most interesting.

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Newport, Rhode Island
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Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

If you only have time for one, then see the Breakers. Biggest and best of them all. Ocean views are breathtaking from many locations on the property. Local knowledge says the Vanderbilt family still occupy the top floor in summer months. Children's play house a great feature.

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Reviewed 23 August 2016

If you've been to NC to visit the main house you may be disappointed in this small scale summer house! It struggles with finances so it doesn't have the upkeep that the Vanderbuilt Mansion does.

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Bellmore, New York
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

If you are only seeing 1 mansion, this should be the one. It was great. The audio tour was included in the entrance fee and was very good.

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Reviewed 23 August 2016

We toured The Breakers with two friends and had such a wonderful time doing it. A beautiful mansion with exquisite interior and exterior architecture. The Breakers is the most well known and a must when in Newport.

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Reviewed 22 August 2016

Nowhere quite summarizes the sheer opulence of the Gilded Era than the Breakers. Not only does the architecture amaze and impress, but the audio walking tour is very thorough with a great deal of supplemental information. My kids loved the full size "playhouse" located out front, complete with working oven and stove. They also loved the level of information about... More 

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Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

When we told friends we were going to be vacationing in Newport, everyone told us, that we must take the audio tour of The Breakers, Cornelius Vanderbilt's mansion. On our last day of our vacation, we took the tour. If you only visit one of these mansions, The Breakers was the biggest and most opulent of the Newport Mansions we... More 

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