Rosecliff

Rosecliff, Newport: Hours, Address, Rosecliff Reviews: 4.5/5

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Commissioned by Nevada silver heiress Theresa Fair Oelrichs in 1899, toward the end of the GIlded Age, architect Stanford White modeled Rosecliff after the Grand Trianon, the garden retreat of French kings at Versailles. The house was completed in 1902, at a reported cost of $2.5 million. Its elegant ballroom is the largest in Newport, and Mrs. Oelrichs hosted fabulous entertainments there, including a fairy tale dinner and a party featuring famed magician Harry Houdini. The facade of Rosecliff recently was shown during HBO's hit series "The Gilded Age."
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Greg Harris
Yonkers, NY1,261 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
The Rosecliff is an absolutely majestic and beautifully designed mansion in Newport Rhode Island.

During our honeymoon, which took place in the fall of 2018, I brought and treated myself and my wife for a visit and self guided tour of the Rosecliff.

During our visit, we learned that the Rosecliff was built from 1898-1902, designed by the distinguished architect, Stanford White of the architectural firm, Mckim, Mead & White and it served as a major residence to Theresa Fair Oelrichs, an American socialite, daughter of James Graham Fair, a multimillionaire silver miner, and spouse to Hermann Oelrichs, a successful shipping magnate.

Today, the Rosecliff serves as a historic house museum, listed on the National Register Of Historic Places and has been designated as a US National Historic Landmark District Contributing Property.

What my wife and I loved about the Rosecliff was its distinct exterior facade, especially its white architectural terracotta tiles, as well as the mansion’s numerous furnishings and well-crafted large size fireplaces.

Our favorite part of the Rosecliff is its magnificent ballroom. We learned that the ballroom was by Theresa Fair Oelrichs to host many lavish balls and celebrations. The ballroom has also been prominently featured in many films ranging from “The Great Gatsby” “True Lies” “Amistad” and the “High Society.”

When vacationing in Newport Rhode Island, both my wife and I highly recommend that everyone stop by and visit this outstanding historic attraction!!!
Written November 26, 2021
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Susie1028
San Diego, CA2,006 contributions
Dec 2019
Rosecliff is a nice example of Guilded Age opulence (1970s Great Gatsby was filmed here). The property is not quite as breathtaking as The Breakers, but is still worth a visit. It was not decorated for Christmas like Marble House, Breakers, and Elms. Like the other mansions, an audio tour is included with admission. I recommend to spend a little extra money to buy a combo pass to multiple properties, that way you are able to visit multiple properties in the area.
Written January 8, 2020
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loonat64
Mahopac, NY73 contributions
Feb 2020
Rosecliff was the last mansion I visited in Newport. It is less opulent than the Breakers or the Elms, but spectacular in its own right! We were also able to see a display of Tiffany glass on the second floor of the house. Although I enjoy guided tours i was quite happy with the audio tour we received on our visit.
Written February 24, 2020
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Lovin' Life
Jaffrey, NH363 contributions
Dec 2019
We went in December to see the Tiffany exhibit and the house. The tours are self guided only, which I detest because I want to be able to hear a guide who knows the house and its history and can answer questions. The recordings are informative, but lack the personal touch. Also, there were many unexplained artifacts in each room that should have been labeled or had additional recordings that described the furnishings in each room (like a map of the room with arrows that you can point to for further description). The library appeared to have a Tiffany lamp and frame, but no one seemed to know anything at the property - very ill informed staff. The exhibit is wonderful and lots of lamps to view in awe.
Written January 13, 2020
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Deanna L
N.H.90 contributions
Jan 2020
The staff estimates that the tour will take 30 mins. but we took 90 since we listened to every story available on the device.
If you have time to listen, it's worthwhile and sometimes humorous. The ballroom is mindblowing and the grounds breathtaking. This is one of my favortie mansions so far of the 7 I have toured.
Written January 2, 2020
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wheelswillroll
Weatogue, CT234 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
Wow! Absolutely beautiful mansion designed like Versailles! And, mostly accessible. There are two steps into the mansion. However, I was assured they would purchase a folding ramp for future visitors. There were two parts of the tour that were not accessible. The first part was the bathrooms are in the lower level and there’s a winding staircase to get down to them. If you cannot walk this is much too difficult. The second inaccessible area is the gift shop. It is also in the lower level. I could be wrong but I didn’t see a way to get down there outside of the building. That being said this is a wonderful home to tour. It does not take very long to tour the home. This mansion by far is my favorite! The art, the colors, the warmth regardless of the enormous room size was amazing. The grounds are lovely. The view of the ocean is mesmerizing.
Written June 22, 2022
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Heather B
Norwich, CT528 contributions
Jan 2020
This is a smaller mansion, but they had a Tiffany installation which was really interesting. I loved the way everything felt so crisp and clean. It is definitely a short place to tour, because not a lot of rooms are open or decorated, but it was a gorgeous place to visit.
Written January 21, 2020
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bostonian
New York City, NY212 contributions
Ok - this might get some rather bad reactions. When you go to the Newport visitor center, they will tell you the Breakers and the Rosecliff are the two mansions you should see, if nothing else. The Breakers, for sure. It's spectacular, and clearly the best of all the mansions to visit.

Not so with the Rosecliff. Don't get me wrong - it is beautiful and the ballroom that you get to see is quite magnificent. But that's it. The kitchen and more is closed off to visitors. The bedrooms are not that impressive, especially if you've seen the Breakers and even Marble House. Same with the grounds. The reason much is closed off is that people can actually rent out this location for private functions like weddings/receptions. And I also suspect that's why the Chamber of Commerce/Visitor's Center directs everyone there even though it is NOT the second most spectacular mansion there is to see in Newport. It's a great way to advertise something AND get an entrance fee to see what you're selling. That's just my opinion, though.

I do love most of the other mansions in Newport. Definitely purchase the recorded guided tour. They're well done.
Written May 3, 2005
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RobynPringTravel
New York362 contributions
I have visited many stunning mansions and palaces around the world, and Rosecliff is easily one of my favorites, so much so I got married there. Rosecliff is modeled after the Petite Trinon at Versailles and the exterior holds a delicate grace which I feel is lost in most of the other Newport mansions. If you want to be awed but nothing but marble and gold, The Breakers and Marble House hold far more impressive treasures, but I find places like this a bit gawdy and over the top. The main attraction at Rosecliff is the architecture itself, set back upon beautiful gardens with panoramic windows that open up to the sea. It features Newport's largest ballroom, that has a stunning painted ceilings the color of the sky. It is warm and inviting and has played host to some of Newport's most memorable parties during the gilded age. Also, Stamford White truly worked his magic when designing the interior. The heart shaped staircase in the foyer is something I have yet to see anywhere else and I will never forget how it felt to walk down it as a bride.

The only bad thing I can say about it is a cantankerous old women often runs the front entrance area. She is very rude. I have been through the house several times and she is usually there snapping at someone and making you feel like a suspect just for being inside. Before we got married, but after all deposits were down I took my future husband to see the room it would be in and she wouldn't let him peek in without buying the full tour so we had to look through the windows outside. Bad staff can ruin a lot of things, but luckily the Preservation Society day staff has nothing to do with private events.

When you book a Newport Mansion wedding, the organization makes it so easy to choose your vendors and make your affair everything you dreamed of, even if you don't live nearby. There were no hiccups in the entire planning process, the evening was perfect (other than going by too quickly) and everyone we met during the process was a pleasure to work with.

Not a day goes by where I don't think of Rosecliff and wish we could relive that night again and again.
Written March 12, 2010
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Pnemiller
Kutztown, PA2,272 contributions
Rosecliff is a beautiful old Newport mansion with a magnificent, large ballroom. The mansion is rented out for different functions and therefore some of the rooms are somewhat bare and you cannot tour the pantry or kitchen because it is used by caterers.
The guided tour is very short and involves only the first floor. The second floor is toured on your own with rotating displays of clothing from old Newport famiies, not the famililies who lived at Rosecliff. The upstairs rooms are interesting looking, but there is very little information on them. This was one of the most disappointing mansions we saw in Newport and was not worth the $10 entrance fee--other mansions are much more interesting--Breakers, Elms and Marble House.
Written June 3, 2006
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