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Rosecliff

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Address: 584 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: 401-847-1000
Activities: Group tours/train
Description: Visitors are awestruck by this grand mansion, modeled after a French...
Visitors are awestruck by this grand mansion, modeled after a French palace and used in the films "High Society" and "The Great Gatsby."
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We started at Rosecliff and were glad we did because I think it would have been a let down after The Elms and The Breakers. It's very pretty, and worth a visit, especially with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 26, 2015
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Columbus, Ohio
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48 reviews 48 reviews
9 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We started at Rosecliff and were glad we did because I think it would have been a let down after The Elms and The Breakers. It's very pretty, and worth a visit, especially with the costume exhibit that was there in November -- I'm not sure it that is a normal display for them or not.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Rosecliff is a delightful building. It was created for Theresa Fair Oelrichs by the architect Sanford White at the opening of the 20th century. While it was inspired by the Petit Trianon at the Palace of Versailles in France, the mansion is not overwhelmingly grand. Rather, it has a feeling of delicateness and lightness. Theresa was one of the great... More 

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Central Cali
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

So, a Gilded Age mansion with a 40's spin. Weird, but cool! Be sure to see it! Probably won't be as impressed as you were with the Breakers or Marble House, but worth the time.

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Farmington, Connecticut
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

As with the other mansions, a look at what American aristocrats created in their efforts to mimic European royalty, even though they did not match the Europeans. But then again, the European monarchs were even more brutally exploitive of the masses than were the American capitains of industry.

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Hudson, NH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Just visited Rosecliff mansion in Newport, RI and this property was well worth the money. The audio tour is very interesting and informative. A beautiful property and well worth the visit.

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Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Loved the story behind this house! "Tessie" a Nevada silver heiress, real name was Theresa Fair Oelrichs, had her architect model Rosecliff after the Grand Trianon at Versailles. You can still rent this mansion for private events! Make sure to punch in the numbers for "Dinner for Two" in the large dining room. There have been scenes from several movies... More 

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Northampton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Commissioned by Nevada silver heiress Theresa Fair Oelrichs in 1899, architect Stanford White modeled Rosecliff after the Grand Trianon, the garden retreat of French kings at Versailles. After the house was completed in 1902, at a reported cost of $2.5 million, Mrs. Oelrichs hosted fabulous entertainments here, including a fairy tale dinneTheresa met Hermann Oelrichs playing tennis at the Newport... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This was our favorite house. The owner sounded like someone who would be a lot of fun to know. She designed the house and incorporated a lot of thoughtful extras. The ballroom and bedrooms are beautiful.

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CT
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Wow, a lady who went east from the west to hobnob with the rich and famous ! she came from silver wealth. Her goal was to wow the pants off everyone who atttended her galas, and I guess she did !

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

The exterior is exquisite, especially the view from the front with the garden, but the interior is not overstuffed with furniture, compared to other mansions like The Breakers or Marble House. That's because the original furnishings were sold off in 1941 and, the house was left vacant for years before the Monroe's bought it.

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