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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

as the name implies, a house (Vanderbilt summer cottage) built almost completely out of marble. great ocean view from the expansive terrace and an interesting pagoda on the water.

Thank timriordan
Reviewed yesterday

This splendid mansion is on par with any elegant retreat in Europe. If you enjoy touring opulent homes or palaces, this is for you. The decor is exquisite.

Thank Jeffrey G
Reviewed 2 days ago

Marble House is one of the Newport mansions that offers self guided tours that you can take at your own pace. They provide a cell phone with an app that will walk you through the mansion. You get a story in each room and can...More

Thank S9663
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was my 2/5 mansion I visited in Newport. A little less gaudy and little more lived in, it is another prime example of Guilded Age America. I enjoyed it a little bit more than The Breakers because of this feel. Plan on spending about...More

Thank schmayla98
Reviewed 3 days ago

I enjoyed all the history. Kind of like stepping back into the 18th century. The house is decorated as it was back then. I felt like the family could've been there. The audio tour was wonderful! You can listen to more tidbits through playing extra...More

Thank William N
Reviewed 3 days ago

The girls and I toured this house as part of an Ocean Drive tour. I liked this house because it was smaller thus easier to take in. It had a very good self guided audio tour with. The story of the home's owner Ava Vanderbilt...More

Thank Marie121316
Reviewed 5 days ago

Wow just wow! The gold room was absolutely over the top!! Supposedly $11M was spent on the interior of this home prior to the turn of the Century! Definitely the start of the Gilded Age!!

Thank MichelleB3
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

As a history person I love having an audio tour. It's a more personal experience that the guests can tailor to their needs. The house is beautiful and enjoyable to walk through and imagine the family that lived there.

Thank Abbie D
Reviewed 6 days ago

This house - and it's back-story - are simply amazing. If there ever where an American Royalty, this is where they would have partied! As a 'cottage' the the top 1% I would have loved to spent a weekend here, back in the day. But...More

Thank InnOnCharlotte
Reviewed 1 week ago

Gorgeous house on Bellevue drive where the neighborhood is filled with stunning historic mansions. Definitely worth visiting.

Thank Mrs J
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If we drive ourselves, do you have a parking lot?
4 September 2016|
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Response from Barbara F | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is plenty of parking across the street!
Is Marble House handicapped accessible? Does it have an elevator? Thank you.
23 July 2016|
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Response from rhodeislandbrunette | Reviewed this property |
There is an elevator. Yes
I will be in the area May 14th, can you purchase tickets there, do they charge more?
23 March 2016|
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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.