Saturday, August 4, 2007
As part of our series on day trips from Boston, today's post features one of the Gilded Age mansions in Newport, Rhode Island. Marble House was built in the late 1800s for the Vanderbilt family. Inspired by the Palace of Versailles, it reportedly cost $11 million to build (approximately $72 million in today's value) of which $7 million was spent on the marble alone! The interior detail of this "summer cottage" and its neighboring ones are definitely worth visiting.