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Marble House

Marble House

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Marble House, a Gilded Age mansion located at 596 Bellevue Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island, was built from 1888 to 1892 as a summer cottage for … See more

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Jan 15, 2023
What an experience to see these very old and unique Mansions that once housed some of the wealthiest Americans during their time. It was about an hour guided tour that allowed you to see the differen… Full review by OsawatomieMegieBrown
Dec 21, 2022
I was enjoying a lovely stroll through this house with friends when all of a sudden they admitted at least 50 children with chaperones. Poor chaperones I might add. They overtook the entire house. … Full review by A4978CQcherylr
Dec 8, 2022
Unbelievable to see such wealth displayed. This house is filled with treasures. Liked the app to hear stories of events of the day. Full review by Martha Knight W

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Gilded Mansion
Marble House is a Gilded Age mansion at 596 Bellevue Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island, now open to the public as a museum run by the Preservation Society of Newport County. It was designed by the society architect Richard Morris Hunt. For an American house, it was unparalleled in design and opulence when it was built. Its temple-front portico, which also serves as a porte-cochère, has been compared to that of the White House.HistoryThe mansion was built as a summer "cottage" retreat between 1888 and 1892 for Alva and William Kissam Vanderbilt. It was a social landmark that helped spark the transformation of Newport from a relatively relaxed summer colony of wooden houses to the now legendary resort of opulent stone palaces. The fifty-room mansion required a staff of 36 servants, including butlers, maids, coachmen, and footmen. The mansion cost $11 million of which $7 million was spent on 500,000 cubic feet of marble. William Vanderbilt's older brother Cornelius Vanderbilt II subsequently built the largest of the Newport cottages, The Breakers, between 1893 and 1895.When Alva Vanderbilt divorced William in 1895, she already owned Marble House outright, having received it as her 39th birthday present. Upon her remarriage in 1896 to Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont, she relocated down the street to Belmont's mansion, Belcourt. After his death, she reopened Marble House and added the Chinese Tea House on the seaside cliff, where she hosted rallies for women's suffrage.
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