The second mansion that Jen and I visited on our recent trip to Newport was the Marble House. I think this one might have been my favorite.
The House was owned by Alva Vanderbilt, who sounds like she was a fiery feminist with an aggressive willingness to upturn the table of tradition. The house was amazing. The highlights included an extremely cozy ‘small’ library, his and her sitting rooms, an imposing dining room complete with 75lb chairs, and a bedroom covered in purple marble that looked like a truck filled with precious metals had crashed into a cotton candy factory.
Again, no pictures allowed inside – but if you’re going to Newport make sure to keep Marble House on your list.