Marble House is a monumental homage to extravagance. Built principally for Alva Vanderbilt by Richard Morris Hunt, it is based on the Petit Trianon at Versailles.
The entire house screams formality and classicism inside and outside.
Inside the house boasts more than 500,000 cubic feet of marble.
The tea house was added to the grounds by Alva in 1912. It was designed by the firm of Hunt & Hunt. (Richard Morris Hunt’s sons.) It was the site of several suffragist meetings after WWI.
Today Marble House is one of the mansions operated by the Preservation Society of Newport County.
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