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Address: 596 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840
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Marble House was built between 1888 and 1892 for Mr. and Mrs. William K....

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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The marble house is another example of the ridiculous amount of money poured into summer homes by the wealthy at the end of the 19th century. This home is made almost entirely of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The marble house is another example of the ridiculous amount of money poured into summer homes by the wealthy at the end of the 19th century. This home is made almost entirely of marble on the first floor and is truly worth seeing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our guide was fantastic and provided great historical and family details that really enhanced the tour. She was also involved with the restoration in the 1990s which added to her knowledge.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Marble House is among the most beautiful mansions in Newport, it's stunning. It's smaller than the Breakers but as the name suggests, it's covered in marble! The grounds and Chinese Tea House are beautiful, being just off the Cliff Walk. The tours are guided and are fairly restricted when compared to the self guided tour of the Breakers, but... More 

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Citrus Heights, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was the Vanderbilt ode to Louis XIV. I loved all the furniture and the portraits of French kings as well as the Vanderbilts. Living here would be a pleasure as I am sure they found it so.

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Attleboro, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Never knew this tour existed. We were going to tour Marble House but saw the display for the Underneath Tour. Very cool to see the inner workings of this fabulous mansion. Worth the time and money.

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Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I have visited many of the mansions by myself, with friends, and family, but Marble House is my favorite. I don't know if it is due to the story about the daughter's engagement, the interesting library, or the fact that the suffragette movement was so pivotal here. "Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History." Whatever your interest, Marble House is a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

It's hard to pick a "favorite" when it comes to the Newport mansions as they all have their own charm and beauty. The Marble House is one of my very favorites. Decorated for Christmas it's beauty is even more enhanced. Selfguided tour is the way to see this home with handheld device and headset. You can go at your own... More 

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Newport, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Very interesting decor. A lot darker than any of the other mansions. Loved to hear the history that went along with the tour. Definitely worth taking the time to see.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

the Tour of the house with the guide is good, you get hear the little details of the house, cool facts, otherwise you might miss some details of the house. Oh by the way... Just a summer house???

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

If you can only pick one of the many mansions to visit, this should be the one. It is absolutely visually stunning and particularly even more beautiful when decked out for the holidays. It is a self-guided tour available in many languages that allows you to go at your own pace. The tour can be expanded with extra insightful stations... More 

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