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Review of The Breakers

The Breakers
Ranked #3 of 118 things to do in Newport
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

At the breakers we did an audio tour. It was very informative. I really enjoyed all of the information the audio tour provided. There were so many interesting things to see. I would recommend going here.

Thank cgbflo
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I were recently in Newport as one of the stops on our cruise. We took the local bus and went to the Breakers. What a great choice that was. We’ve toured the Biltmore Mansion before and we’re curious of his brothers home. What an incredible piece of architecture. Every room was more impressive than the last. The provided headsets were very helpful and informative. A MUST SEE if your in Newport

Thank ERIC W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were here about 20-years ago but the visit this time was much better. A terrific audio tour provides lots of details and offers sidebars if you want even more.

Thank bandpadventures
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The building is just amazing,it would have been nice to be a Vanderbilt in those days I believe! Rather crowded the day we went.

Thank scitchie
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We almost didn't stop at this mansion on our trip to Newport. So glad we did, as it was definitely a favorite especially following the opulent Marble House. A walk through the gardens is a must.

Thank Kalin F
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