Plan Your Rhode Island Mansion Tour This Summer
Have you always dreamed of visiting the palatial estates that Newport, Rhode Island, is known for? Christy’s Car & Truck Rental can provide the optimal rental vehicle for your family or group as you make a pilgrimage to some of the most famous homes in America. We offer high-quality and well-maintained car rentals and more to get you safely to your destination. Rhode Island is full of historical mansions, including the ones below, that you should add to your itinerary for a summer getaway.
This Gilded Age mansion was built by Cornelius Vanderbilt II in 1895 and is considered the grandest of Newport’s summer cottages. A 70-room Italian Renaissance design built with the finest materials in the world, this mansion exudes all of the opulence this wealthy family could have wanted.
Edward Julius Berwind wanted his mansion, built in 1901, to resemble an 18th-century French chateau. This grand home features an immense collection of Renaissance ceramics, French and Venetian paintings, statuary, tapestries, formal gardens, terraces, marble pavilions, and fountains.
William Vanderbilt gifted this grand mansion, finished with 500,000 cubic feet of marble, to his wife Alva on her 39th birthday in 1982. The Marble House set the stage for Newport to transform from a quiet summer getaway to the iconic locale of opulent Gilded Age mansions.
Rosecliff was built in 1902 for a silver heiress and was modeled after the garden retreat of French kings at Versailles. This home boasts a heart-shaped grand staircase as well as the largest ballroom in Newport and served as a filming location for The Great Gatsby film.
This 1852 mansion is the epitome of High Victorian architecture, with its furniture, wallpapers, ceramics, and stenciling. This was the most luxurious residence in Newport until the Vanderbilt family started building their Gilded Age homes.