BREAKERS MANSION


A Brief History: The Breakers Mansion is located at 44 Ochre Point Avenue Newport Rhode Island. The Breakers Mansion was constructed as a summer home in Newport, Rhode Island for millionaire industrialist Cornelius Vanderbilt II between 1893 and 1895. Architect Richard Morris Hunt constructed the home to model those of the Italian Renaissance. The mansion had a total of five floors and seventy rooms. Vanderbilt insisted that his home be built to be as fireproof as possible. In order to do so, the mansion was built using a steel frame instead of wood. When the construction was finished the mansion had the distinction of being the most opulent home of its time. In 1899, at the age of 55, Cornelius Vanderbilt died from a brain hemorrhage which was brought on by a stroke. The mansion then was passed on through his will to his wife, Alice. After Alice passed away in 1934, the home’s ownership was transferred to their daughter, Gladys. In 1948 Gladys entered into a lease with the Preservation Society of Newport County for the sum of $1 per year. To this day the family still maintains ownership of the third floor, where they spend their summers. The museum is Rhode Island’s most popular with an annual visitation of approximately 400,000 people per year.


Haunted History: The Breakers Mansion is also home to those of the paranormal realm. The spirit of Alice Vanderbilt is said to have been seen roaming the halls of the mansion. People who have seen her always describe her the same. The description matches how Alice looked before she died in 1934.