Newport's 11 Mansions: Gilded Age Gems

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The Breakers

Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Preservation Society of Newport County

<p><strong>The Breakers History:</strong> Built by Richard Morris Hunt in 1895 for New York railroad mogul Cornelius Vanderbilt II; style is Italian Renaissance </p><p><strong>Why Go:</strong> Over-the-top grand&mdash;it's the most opulent of Newport's mansions; huge Preservation Society retail store in basement. </p><p><strong>Why Skip It:</strong> Tours are often big and very crowded; it's an enormous house that can feel a bit overwhelming. </p><p><strong>More Visitor Info:</strong> <a href="http://www.fodors.com/world/north-america/usa/rhode-island/newport-county/review-96183.html">The Breakers full review</a></p>

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