Marble House
Marble House (Photo provided by Preservation Society of Newport County)

Source: The Preservation Society of Newport County

Starting March 1, The Preservation Society of Newport County will close The Breakers for three months and reopen Marble House to visitors for the first time in nearly a year.

Marble House will be the only Preservation Society property open until April 16, when Green Animals Topiary Garden is set to open. At that time, the Stroll the Gardens & Grounds package will be offered again, allowing outdoor access to all open Preservation Society properties, including picnicking. The Breakers will reopen by May 28, the Friday before Memorial Day. Additional house museums may open in the summer if COVID circumstances allow.

Holidays at The Newport Mansions, featuring Sparkling Lights at The Breakers, will run from November 20-January 2.

Marble House has been closed to the public since March 15, 2020, when the Preservation Society shut all of its historic house museums because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“For most of the past year, many people have been asking when we will reopen Marble House,” said Trudy Coxe, CEO and executive director of the Preservation Society. “We are excited to welcome people back to this spectacular house and share its fascinating history. That is the purpose behind our preservation efforts.”

Marble House, a National Historic Landmark, was completed in 1892 as a summer home for William K. and Alva Vanderbilt of New York City. It was designed by famed architect Richard Morris Hunt with inspiration from the Petit Trianon at Versailles, France, and contains 500,000 cubic feet of marble. Marble House signaled Newport’s subsequent transformation from a quiet town of wooden houses to a resort of opulent stone palaces.

In the early 1900s, Alva Vanderbilt Belmont hosted large women’s suffrage rallies at Marble House. The house was added last year to the new National Votes for Women Trail.

Newport Mansions operating schedule

The 2021 operating schedule for the Newport Mansions will be as follows, subject to change.

March 1 – April 15

Marble House open daily at 10 a.m., last tour admission 4 p.m. House and grounds close 5 p.m.

April 16 – May 27

Marble House and Green Animals Topiary Garden open daily at 10 a.m., last tour admission 4 p.m. House and grounds close 5 p.m.

May 28 – Sept. 6 (Labor Day)

The Breakers, Marble House and Green Animals open daily at 10 a.m., last tour admission 5 p.m. House and grounds close 6 p.m.

Sept. 7 – Oct. 31

The Breakers, The Elms and Green Animals open daily at 10 a.m., last tour admission 5 p.m. House and grounds close 6 p.m.

Nov. 1 – Jan. 2, 2022

The Breakers and The Elms open daily at 10 a.m., last tour admission 4 p.m. House and grounds close 5 p.m.

Holidays at the Newport Mansions: Nov. 20 – Jan. 2, 2022

Open at 10 a.m., last tour admission 4 p.m. House and grounds close 5 p.m. Sparkling Lights: An Outdoor Magical Wonderland returns to The Breakers. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

The Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island, is a nonprofit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and dedicated to preserving and interpreting the area’s historic architecture, landscapes, decorative arts and social history. Its 11 historic properties – seven of them National Historic Landmarks – span more than 250 years of American architectural and social development.

For more information, please visit NewportMansions.org.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
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