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The Breakers

The Breakers
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44 Ochre Point Ave.
Newport, RI 02840

“I don’t like to brag, but I’m the biggest one,” says the voice on the family audio tour at the Vanderbilts’ 70-room “cottage” on mansion row. Yes, the Breakers is speaking to you. And the same children who rolled their eyes about touring an old house are instantly enthralled. By the time you reach the kitchen, they’ll be sad to relinquish their headphones. Best Mansion for Kids
–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2015

The Breakers is a stunning tribute to The Gilded Age of America, and Cornelius Vanderbilt II spared no expense when he commissioned the construction of this Newport “cottage.” Designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt, the 70-room, 138,300 square feet, five-floor mansion was built between 1893 and 1895.

The Breakers bring The Gilded Age alive with the largest, most opulent of the Newport “cottages,” commissioned by Cornelius Vanderbilt II in 1893. A 70-room Italian Renaissance-style palazzo overlooking the Atlantic, The Breakers takes architectural inspiration from the 16th-century palaces of Genoa and Turin. Renowned architect and designer Ogden Codman oversaw the interiors.

-Yankee Magazine May 2008

Of all the grand summer cottages, this one attracts the most attention. No bit of architecture sums up the Gilded Age better than the Vanderbilts’ 70-room Renaissance-style palazzo, which was completed in 1895.

-Yankee Magazine April 2005

You could go to any of the other mansions owned by the Preservation Society of Newport County and not be disappointed. But the Breakers (newly renovated for $2 million) is the queen of them all–the one you’ll want to tell your friends about when you get home. Extravagant and lavish, the 70-room Renaissance-style palazzo portrays Newport’s Gilded Age like no other.

-Yankee Magazine April 2004

No bit of architecture sums up the Gilded Age better than the Vanderbilt’s 1895, 70-room Renaissance-style palazzo. Marble House features self-guided audio tours. The Elms offers “Behind-the-Scenes Tours” of the kitchen and the servant’s quarters. Still, with so much gilt, The Breakers rules. Combination tickets to other houses and Green Animals topiary also available.

Of all the grand gilded cottages, this is the one-modeled after an Italian palazzi — that attracts the most attention. The 70-room, 1895 mansion — designed by Richard Morris Hunt for Cornelius Vanderbilt — sums up Newport’s Golden Age.

-Yankee Magazine April 2003

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Updated Saturday, March 30th, 2013

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