Vanderbilt's Newport, The Breakers & Marble House
The historic section of Newport
is well-preserved, historic area has been
authentically restored, and showcases wonderful examples of 18th-century
design. Newport is home to magnificent coastal scenery, dramatic
architecture, a thriving waterfront and welcoming hospitality. The
city's symbol is the pineapple, which harkens back to the time of
Newport's great commercial significance. Traders from the West Indies
would put fragrant pineapples outside of their doors to entice buyers to
visit their warehouses. Today you will notice the symbol on a number of
sights that you see. A plethora of historic and cultural attractions
await as you discovery this gem of New England.
From the 1870s to the 1920s, the Vanderbilts, one of America's most
affluent families, commissioned the most prestigious architectural firms
to build a series of homes for them across the East Coast. In Newport,
two homes, amusingly called "cottages," were built, unparalleled in
historic significance and beauty. Constructed during the "Gilded Age,"
they are now designated as National Historic Landmarks. Your tour takes
you to these two magnificent homes for views of their deluxe interiors
and spectacular grounds.
The most-visited attraction in Newport, The Breakers is considered the
grandest of all of the Newport summer cottages. Designed by architect
Richard Morris Hunt for Cornelius Vanderbilt II, this Italian
Renaissance palace was completed in 1895 in less than three years at a
cost of approximately 7 million dollars, which would be over $200
The magnificent Marble House, one of the
most opulent estates in America. Built by William K. Vanderbilt for his
wife Alva's birthday in 1892, Marble House features more than 500,000
square feet of white marble and was intended as Vanderbilt's "Temple of
Click on a picture to view.