AAA Editor Notes
The Breakers, 44 Ochre Point Ave., was built in 1895 and is the most opulent of Newport's mansions. Though designed by American architect Richard Morris Hunt, this 70-room summer cottage of Cornelius Vanderbilt II appears more the product of the European High Renaissance. Many original furnishings and decorative details were inspired by French and Italian designs of that period.
Vanderbilt's great wealth was reflected in the extensive use of imported French and Italian stone, marble and alabaster as well as the mansion's wooden trim, ceiling paintings, mosaics and gilded plaster. The most spectacular room is the dining room, lavishly decorated with red alabaster, bronze and gilt.
Particularly noteworthy are the 18th-century reception room and the great hall, which is more than two stories high and arrayed with marble columns, pilasters, cornices and plaques. The house is decorated for the holidays mid-November through January 1.
Two self-guiding audio tours are available including a tour for families with children ages 6-11.
Guided tours are available.