Newport RI's Mansions

Where Golden Age Splendor Lives on

The mansions of Newport -- originally called "cottages" -- were built as summer homes in the 1850s to 1900 by wealthy tycoons of New York and Philadelphia. Now, these massive houses, including the spectacular Rosecliff, Marble House, the Breakers, the Elms, Rough Point, and more, are open to the public, offering fascinating and informative tours. Special events, parties, balls, and performances, are presented during summer, fall, and the Christmas season. The magnificent Newport Flower Show takes place yearly at Roseclilff.

Rough Point Mansion in Newport, RI
View from the Cliff - Rough Point Mansion - Newport, RI
Rough Point

680 Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI, 02840 Phone: 401-847-8344

Stunning historic mansion’s eclectic collections, panoramic ocean view, on full display

Built in the last decade of the 19th century for Frederick and Louise Vanderbilt, Rough Point has many stories for visitors to discover when they explore the Rough Point Museum. Today, visitors can experience the property on Bellevue Avenue as it was lived in during the lifetime of its most famous owner - heiress, collector, and philanthropist Doris Duke. Doris was a collector of fine and decorative arts from around the world, and the variety of her interests — from 18th century portraiture to Flemish tapestries, Chinese ceramics, and 20th century couture fashion – is on display in this beautiful home. Visitors will also hear stories of other residents of Rough Point, including beloved cook Hulda Goudie and pet camels, Princess and Baby.
Open seasonally March-early January - For information about operating hours please check the Rough Point website.
Rosecliff Mansion - Newport, RI - Photo Credit Shutterstock

Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI, 02840 Phone: 401-847-1000

Rosecliff was build in 1902 by Theresa Fair Oelrichs, a silver mining heiress from Nevada. It was designed by the eminent architect Stanford White and it imitated the Grand Trianon, the garden retreat of French kings at Versailles. The architectural style is Baroque and Baroque Revival. It is a prime example of Newport's Gilded Age mansions. It is open to the public as a historic house. Many annual seasonal events are held here, including the beloved Newport Flower Show in the spring. Rosecliff has been used as a setting for a number of movies, including "The Great Gatsby," "True Lies," "Amistad," and "27 Dresses." Consult mansion website for public hours, which may change seasonally.
Marble House

Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI Phone: 401-847-1000

In 1888, William K. Vanderbilt asked architect Richard Morris Hunt to design for him, "the very best living accommodations that money could buy." The result was Marble House, completed in 1892 at a cost of $11 million, and containing 500,000 cubic feet of American, Italian and African marbles. Vanderbilt presented the deed to the house to his wife Alva as a 39th birthday present. The grounds include a colorful Chinese teahouse overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Consult mansion website for public hours, which may change seasonally.
The Breakers - Newport, RI - Photo Credit John Corbett & Discover Newport
The Breakers

44 Ochre Point Avenue Newport, RI, 02840 Phone: 401-847-1000

The grandest of the Newport summer cottages and a National Historic landmark, Cornelius Vanderbilt II, President and Chairman of the New York Central Railroad, commissioned architect Richard Morris Hunt to design a summer retreat for his large family. This 70-room Italian Renaissance-style house, completed in 1895, includes a 45-foot high central Great Hall. It sits on a 13-acre estate overlooking a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean, where the waves crashing on the rocks below gave the house its name. Consult mansion website for public hours, which may change seasonally.
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Garden at The Elms Mansion - Newport, RI - Photo Credit John Corbett & Preservation Society of Newport County
The Elms

367 Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI, 02840 Phone: 401-847-1000

A National Historic Landmark, The Elms is a French-style chateau built in 1901 by architect Horace Trumbauer as a summer house for millionaire entrepreneur Edward Julius Berwind. It contains every technological marvel of its time, and was one of the first Newport houses to be fully electrified. The estate includes a 10-acrre park and elaborate sunken garden. Consult mansion website for public hours, which may change seasonally.

Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI Phone: 401-847-1000

This 1852 stone mansion is a classic example of High Victorian architecture and furnishings, including wallpaper, ceramics and stenciling, constructed for China Trade merchant William Wetmore. His son, George Peabody Wetmore, became Governor of Rhode Island and U.S. Senator. The house is noted for its original Victorian park, with century-old weeping and copper beech trees, a Chinese moongate, and Colonial Revival garden pavilion.
Ochre Court

Cliff Walk Newport, RI Phone: 401-847-6650

This palatial former summer home was built in 1892, and is now the main administration building for Salve Regina University. The main floor is open to guests Monday - Friday, 9 am - 4 pm. During the summer, guided tours are available.


Narragansett Avenue Newport, RI Phone: 401-847-1000

This Italianate-style villa was designed by architect George Champlin Mason in 1860 and is a classic example of a Victorian summer cottage. It was the summer residence of the prominent Morris family from New York, which included a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The house contains the Morris family's collections, including 19th century landscape paintings by the Hudson River school of artists.


Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI Phone: 401-847-1000

This was one of the early summer houses designed in the Gothic Revival style, in 1839, for Georgia planter George Noble Jones. The family's connection to Newport was severed by the Civil War, and the house was acquired by China Trade merchant William Henry King, a prominent Newporter. Five generations of King family collections are on display. Kingscote's dining room, added in 1881, includes the earliest known installation of Tiffany glass. The house is a National Historic Landmark.

The Breakers Stable and Carriage House

Bateman and Coggeshall Avenue Newport, RI Phone: 401-847-1000

The stable includes a private collection of Vanderbilt family memorabilia, including several road coaches.