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“Beautiful historic mansion ”
Review of Rosecliff

Rosecliff
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Ranked #22 of 119 things to do in Newport
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Owner description: 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 dinner and a party featuring famed magician Harry Houdini.
Reviewed 21 May 2018 via mobile

What a fabulously beautiful mansion. Self guided audio tour provided. Well maintained piece of history.

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Reviewed 5 May 2018

Simply amazing that anyone in America lived in such reckless splendor. But it was fascinating to tour the home guided by the excellently-produced audio device. I listened to every single extra story throughout the mansion.

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Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

While this is a stunning home, much of it was used for an art gallery. The entry is something I'd think to see in France. A well planned out floor plan. But I left feeling like a lot of information could have been given that wasn't. The view from rear ballroom windows is flawless.

1  Thank pmon100
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

I have mixed feelings about this mansion. After touring estates like The Breakers, Rosecliff is sparse in comparison. It's obvious that this property is frequently rented out for weddings and other events, and so as a result there are more open spaces and less to see than in the other mansions. A majority of the upstairs has been converted into a museum, which while interesting is not related to this property's history. Now, on the other hand... the story behind this home I found particularly bittersweet, and the self guided tour also helped bring it to life. The fact that several movies were filmed at Rosecliff was also interesting, and there's a wistfulness of times gone by that the more vibrant mansions do not have. So in short, if the rentals here help to support the maintenance of all the other properties and raise money and awareness for the Newport Historical Society then it's all worth it. Walk the grand staircase, take in the portraits and history and imagine it in its' prime.

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Reviewed 29 April 2018

I'm at a loss to understand how any structure that can fit 400 people in it's ballroom or dining area can be called a "cottage", but that's how the Golden Age rolled back then. As one of the magnificent mansions in Newport, the Rosecliff was right at the top of the list for society events. We went on a rainy day and took a walking tour, be sure to listen to many of the sub stories that are available as the history is fascinating. It brings to life the lives of the residents and visitors to this well preserved mansion. The self paced audio tour could probably take 30 minutes at a bare minimum, we ended up taking close to two hours with the sub sections. There was also a special exhibit on Oscar Wilde which was disappointing but interesting for what was presented. Note that cell phone photography is allowed, no flash or tripods, and be prepared to walk and stand as you tour the house. There is an elevator to get to the second floor if needed, although the walk up the main staircase is an experience as well. Rosecliff is worth a visit and is a contrast to the Breakers.

Thank Nomad0921
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