Built in 1892 by Alva and William Kissam Vanderbilt, this mansion is known for its marble façade. It was one of the earliest mega-mansions in Newport and helped spark the craze for building these monstrousities. The grounds include a replica Chinese teahouse that serves tea, snacks and a light lunch today.
This was built between 1888 and 1892 by the architect Richard Morris Hunt. It contains more than 500,000 cubic feet of marble and a famous gold room where nearly everything is made of gold. The very interesting and much ahead of her time Alva Vanderbilt lived here after her divorce and she held women's rights meetings here. She also built a Chinese tea house in the back which is now a cafe.
Wonderful mansion that quickly moved into my tops list here. Again its a mansion I've toured more than once in both winter and summer.
The house reportedly cost 11 million dollars to build in 1892! The house was built for Alva Vanderbilt who had to top" her society rival Mrs. Astor....What a pricey case of rivalry.
The house is beautiful and a favorite is definitely the ballroom with its mythology figures.
During the Holiday season the house is beautifully decorated for Christmas. It is a must see when visiting Newport.
Marble House was completed in 1892 as a 39th birthday present for Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt. Her husband was the younger brother of Cornellius Vanderbuilt II (The Breakers). Ostentation does not bring happiness. Alva divorced William in 1895 and married Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont.
It was designed by the architect Richard Morris Hunt, inspired by the Temple of the Sun at Heliopolis (upon which Marble House's four Corinthian columns were modeled), the Petit Trianon at Versailles, the White House, and the Temple of Apollo. The cost of the house was reported to be $11 million, of which $7 million was spent on 500,000 cubic feet of marble. Marble House set the standard for Newport's transformation from a quiet summer colony of wooden houses to the a conglomeration of stone palaces for the very rich.
It is somewhat smaller than the normal 'cottage' because it does not have extra bedrooms for guests.
Admission to the Marble House is $10 for an adult and $4 for children 4-17. Under four free.
Newport Mansions, the Preservation Society of Newport County, which has owned Marble House since 1963. recommends that if you wish to visit several 'cottages' (they have 11 different properties) that you join the society. Individual memberships are $50/year or $90/year for a
January 2nd to April 8th, 2005 - open weekends and holidays.
April 9th to June 24th Opens at 10 am, last tour admission at 5 pm, houses and grounds close at 6 pm
June 25th to August 10th - Open at 9 am, last tour admission at 5 pm, houses and grounds close at 6 pm.
October 11- Jan 1st 2006 - Open at 9 am, last tour admission at 4 pm, houses and grounds close at 5 pm.
One of the most lavish of the Newport Mansions is Marble House. Commodore Cornelius Vanderbuilt, who established the family fortune with his steamships gave Marble House to his wife Alva for her 39th birthday.
The house is a work of art and one of the most beautiful here in Newport.
Marble House was built between 1888 and 1892 for Mr. and Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt. The cost of the house was reported in contemporary press accounts to be $11 million, of which $7 million was spent on 500,000 cubic feet of marble. Upon its completion, Mr. Vanderbilt gave the house to his wife as a 39th birthday present. In 2006, Marble House was designated a National Historic Landmark. Marble House is a wonderful house to tour. You must not miss the extravagant gold ballroom.
There is a wonderful view of the sea from the grounds. There is also a Chinese teahouse behind the mansion. Built in 1914 by the sons of Richard Morris Hunt, who built Marble House itself.
The Newport Mansions Experience ticket provides admission to any 5 houses of your choice, excluding Hunter House. Choose from The Breakers, Chateau-sur-Mer, The Elms, Marble House, Rosecliff, Green Animals, Kingscote, Chepstow and Isaac Bell House.
The Chinese Tea House was built by Alva Vanderbilt and was used by her to hold women's rights rallies. The structure is beautiful but seems out of place next to Marble House.
Overlooking the seaside cliffs of her Marble House, you'll find the beautiful Chinese Tea House which Alva had built. She hosted many women's rights rallies right here at the tea house.