Slide 5: Marble House

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An $11 million birthday present for Alva Vanderbilt from her husband, William, this Gilded Age mansion was built between 1888 and 1892. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, this Beaux-Arts masterpiece served as the Vanderbilt's summer cottage. The 50-room home influenced the transformation of Newport into the upscale resort town it is today.


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