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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 2 days ago

Toured this mansion after purchasing a ticket package online for any 2 mansions (chose this and The Breakers). Beautiful property to walk including the tea house in the backyard near the ocean. Parking was right across from the entrance (free) and the audio tour employed...More

Thank lookin4luxury
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Took a tour of the mansion. We were supplied with a recorded explanation of each room with detail about wall paintings and how the rooms were decorated with a little biography of each family member. Information provided an insight of how our early entrepreneur earned...More

Thank Belladonna325
Reviewed 3 days ago

We spent an hour here on a self-guided tour, waling through the house while listening to the history of the Vanderbilt's and the building of the house. Stunning rooms with marble walls, floors. Very interesting. Make sure to listen to not only the main audio...More

Thank StaceyCo1
Reviewed 5 days ago

This house had smallish rooms packed with marble and gilt--totally over the top decoration with American money imitating European royalty, but somehow getting it wrong. But it was fascinating, after reading Conseulo Vanderbilt's memoir, The Glitter and the Gold about marrying Lord Marlborough and moving...More

Thank TorontoLal
Reviewed 6 days ago

There is so much marble in this home, you cannot move for seeing marble. It is a fantastic mansion and well worth a visit.

Thank Jean W
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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
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If we drive ourselves, do you have a parking lot?
5 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.
24 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?
24 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.