Renowned architect Richard Morris Hunt used 500,000 cubic feet of American, African and Italian marble in the lavish 1892 "cottage" that he designed for millionaire yachtsman William K. Vanderbilt. The classical portico is supported by four marble Corinthian columns. Inside, two 17C Gobelins tapestries greet visitors in the two-story Siena marble entrance hall. The Gold Ballroom—Newport's most ornate—decked with gilt chandeliers, panels and mirrors, is modeled after the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles. Don't miss the Chinese Teahouse at the rear of the property, where the Vanderbilts hosted small receptions and tea parties.
Address:596 Bellevue Avenue Newport
[mid May-end Dec: 10am-5pm (last tour 4pm); rest of year: times liable to variation - various combo tickets offered, the simplest is a $24.5 ticket for The Breakers and another property of your choice (excluding Hunter House). All combo tickets available on Website]