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Review of The Breakers

The Breakers
Ranked #3 of 118 things to do in Newport
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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 4 April 2018

This is a very large, gilded age, well preserved mansion. The Breakers is actually the largest of all the mansions in Newport. An audio device with headphones is included free with admission. The tour is very in depth, tells you where to go, and took around 3 hours to complete. Since the mansion is gilded age era, once you step in, it feels like you are going back in time. There are luxurious materials found everywhere inside of this mansion. You get to go almost everywhere in the house. Please note there is a lot of walking, and your feet will get tired, but other than that, this is a great place to go when visiting Newport.

Thank Wesley C
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

The Breakers is really the place to experience the extreme of the Gilded Age in Newport. The Vanderbilt family estate is huge and ostentatious in every sense. The luxurious design reflects the life of the new rich. Do come early as no tourist skips here.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

We walked here from the beginning of the Cliff Walk and took the audio tour. Very informative, and we liked how extra tracks were included when you wanted more information. Nice to see how the other half (rich) lived. My daughter and I were impressed with the tour. Gorgeous furnishings and adornments.

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

The Vanderbilt's bought beautiful stone and objects from all over the world and brought them to Newport. The headset they supply you with tells the story room by room. It's easy to stay on track and their is additional information about each room if you choose to listen. You will be amazed at the amount of people it would take to run the household on a daily basis. The whole house was amazing but I was especially interested in the kitchen. If you like touring old famous homes than this is one not to miss!

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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

We had a great time learning about the history of the Breakers. I would recommend taking your time and really noticing in the architecture.

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