The Marble House

When I tell you that this house is completely made of marble, I am not joking.  Built in 1892 by Richard Morris Hunt for the Vanderbuilts, it is no surprise that the house is “over the top.”


Vanderbuilt owned a few of the mansions in Newport, Rhode Island.  Although he was wealthy enough to own a bunch of them, he had very bad luck as things went wrong consistently and he rarely spent time in the houses.  Some scenes from The Great Gatsby were filmed in the house.

The Marble House was my favorite of the four mansions I toured while in Newport and for so many reasons.  That includes the Chinese Tea house that is to the left of my frame.

This is such a beautiful place to visit if you’re ever in the Newport area.

Gear: Leica M9, Zeiss 25mm
Processing: Lightroom

Thanks for reading and happy shooting,



  1. drew October 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    I thought that house looked familiar =) Who owns it now?

    • Scott Wyden Kivowitz October 11, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

      It is now owned by the government. The United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service

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