Last Friday, Chris and I had a chance to visit another one of the famous Newport Mansions. The Newport Mansions are a collection of 11 historic properties. The Gilded Age mansions are all restored “summer cottages” (must be nice……) that belonged to some of America’s wealthiest families during the 1800′s and early 1900′s (the Vanderbilt’s to name one). Chris and I had each toured a couple of the other mansions at different times in our lives but, we’ve never been to The Marble House, so that’s where we decided to go this time around. This is the third mansion that we’ve visited together (we’ve also been to The Breakers and Rosecliff).
Marble House was built between 1888 and 1892 for Mr. and Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt. It was a summer house, or “cottage”, as Newporters called them in remembrance of the modest houses of the early 19th century. But Marble House was much more; it was a social and architectural landmark that set the pace for Newport’s subsequent transformation from a quiet summer colony of wooden houses to the legendary resort of opulent stone palaces.
Imagine? A summer cottage! The Vanderbilt’s lived in this ginormous house for something like three weeks a year. Anyways, they only allow photos to be taken outside, so here are a couple that I took.
But being the little law breaker that I am, I managed to snap a few pictures inside the house. They aren’t great, but they are better than nothing. Plus, I didn’t use my flash, so what’s the harm?