The Breakers

The Breakers is a mammoth house that sits on a 13 acre estate in the middle of Newport, Rhode Island. Newport is known for its large houses built by some of the wealthiest men of all time. They spent money like a fountain and pretty much used it all up very quickly on these towering homes.

The Breakers was owned by Cornelius Vanderbilt II. He bought the property for $450,000 (11.6 million today) and hired Richard Morris Hunt, who built most of the Newport “cottages”, to create something amazing. And Hunt did just that. To bad Mr. Vanderbilt wasn’t able to live there very long. He died of a stroke in 1899 at the age of 55. He left it to his wife, who stayed there until her death 35 years later. Then it went to Countess Gladys Szenchenyi, her daughter. She got it because of her lack of American property, and all her other siblings had no interest in the house.

We walked up the front drive. As we walked, the mansion stared down at us. Before we reached the front door, we turned and entered through the servants entrance at the side of the house. Our tour started in the Entrance Hall. The entrance hall was a very grand room, made out of white marble. It is a square room, 50ft by 50ft by 50ft. Elegant chairs covered in red velvet lined the walls. The grand staircase was the main attraction in the room. It went up to the second floor, where the Gentleman’s reception room and the Ladies’ reception rooms were. They would take off their coats and cloaks and fix their hair and do any of that before they went down to the ball in these rooms. The ballroom, a couple sitting rooms and the library were also on this level.

The second floor also held Mr. Vanderbilt’s room and dressing room, Mrs. Vanderbilt’s room and dressing room, Miss Gertrude Vanderbilt bedroom, and Countess Szencheyi bedroom as a little girl. They were all sumptuously decorated. Rich colors and elaborate wood work adorned the rooms.

Up on the third floor there are eight guest bedrooms and a sitting room. Again they were a very lavish. We didn’tspend much time in the upstairs. We exited in the basement, but before we left we looked around the kitchens. I like them. They were very clean and neat. We walked out and wandered the garden for a while then when on to the next mansion.

This one, I think, was the biggest of all the ones we toured. It is kind of blurry in my memory because we went there over two months ago and have been other places since then. So I am sorry if this post lacks detail. All the mansions were magnificent, amazing, extraordinary.


After you walk through the Breakers’ Entrance Hall you go into the great hall. The great hall is the center of the house. On one side is the grand staircase, on the other is the fire place. On our tour we turned left toward the stairs. We passed the breakfast room. The we went into dinning room, it was amazing, it was completely guilded. Under the Grand Staircase is a fountain to cool off under. Next we went out in to the billards room. Then we walk a crossed the great hall to thee morning room. Okay so there was “silver” on the walls, but there is catch. It didn’t tarnish. It is actually platinum. The next room was the music room. It is a blue and gold room they imported from France. Lastly be fore going up stairs was the library. A dark oak paneled room. With a lots of nick nacks.

This was added by Marcus.


One Reply to “The Breakers”

  1. The only mansion I have been in is Biltmore which was also owned by the Vanderbilt family. I’m sure this house was much different but the both seem to have a lot of European influence. Thank-you both for sharing.


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