Marble House, located in Newport, Rhode Island, was built between 1888 and 1892 for Mr. and Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt, as a 39th birthday gift from Mr…
*Rococo Revisited - Alva Vanderbilt’s bedroom with silk lampas wall...
Alva Vanderbilt’s bedroom with silk lampas wall covering and ornamental cherubs, nymphs and gold garlands Marble House in Newport, Rhode Island Versailles Revisited: In 1888, William Kissam Vanderbilt threw his energy—and his money—into building “the very best living accommodations that money could buy” on the coast of Newport, Rhode Island.
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Marble House | Alva's Bedroom. William K. Vanderbilt built this Newport, RI, "Cottage" as a 39th Birthday present for his wife Alva Erskine Smith. She was almost soley responsible for ensuring the Vanderbilt family was recognized among New York's Social Elite (Mrs. Astor's '400 List').