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Marble House, Newport

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See the opulence of the Gilded Age at Marble House. The mansion was finished in 1892 as a summer house for New York millionaire William K. Vanderbilt and his wife, Alva, one of America's leading suffragettes. It was one of the first examples of Beaux Arts architecture in United States; its front colonnade is often compared to the one on the White House. The interior features different styles, from French Baroque to Gothic Revival, and an array of exquisite materials, such as Siena and Nubian marble, bronze, gold, and velvet. Every step of the way, you'll encounter lavish furniture, paintings, and ornaments. Alva's personal favorite was the Chinese-inspired tea house. An audio tour is available, and it allows you to explore the house at your own pace. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Newport holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Marble House and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • 110000 dollars for construction of a $ 70000 devoted to the purchase of marble and very luxurious, built mansion. Visited at the end of a luxurious mansion tour, so I again Dunhuang Navigator and I was able to visit fun, ask such a man was a little bit tired of Interior is good to talk of the tour at the resident millionaire who. I think the tour is in English, but information of Japan could accept, so it will be tour helpful and good.
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  • That this house (1892) originally was owned and designed by Alva Vanderbilt shows in the way her love for France is recognizable in almost every room. Most parts of this beautiful mansion look even on...  more »
  • Worth a visit for those who like old Mansions, history etc. Gorgeous architecture, beautiful gardens, shops of souvenirs. Have good structure and care for those who don't speak good English, with equipment that allow you to walk through each room listening in your language the history of each place. For those who want a bit of history is a pleasant stroll is worth knowing.
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  • This is a considerably more interesting house than the WK Vanderbilt house on Long Island, which was owned by the same man. It is fun to learn about one of the great families that built America. I liked how much detail was included in the tour--for example they talked about the painted "marble" on the second floor. If you can only see two houses see this one and the Breakers... but if you can only see one, see the Breakers!
  • Compared with the other mansions in the area the marble house is a little less than awesome. It is a cool place to visit especially trying to imagine living there. And it has its own charm and special Niche history.
  • Gorgeous house. We saw a Newport Classical Music concert there. Wonderful venue for a concert.
  • Nice place to visit but tour guide inside is mandatory, so you can't really freely roam around to check the inside yourself. The tea house outside by the water is very nice.
  • Stunning gilded age, marble clad (both inside and out) mansion. The entire first floor is marble and check out that marble staircase! How did they do that back in the 1890's???
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