Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Newport Part Two


Today, is part two of my trip when we drove down the road to another Newport mansion called Rosecliff. 

Nevada silver heiress Theresa Fair Oelrichs, whose father was an Irish immigrant that struck a fortune from one of history's  richest silver finds, commissioned Standford White to build her an estate modeled after Queen Marie Antoinette's (Let them eat cake!) private cottage and garden Grand Trianon
on the Versailles palace's grounds in 1899. About 2.5 five million dollars and three years later, Rosecliff became a spot of famed entertainment with distinguished guests such as Harry Houdini.



Doesn't this house look so "Gatsby"?!










The estate is now under the ownership of the private owners Mr. and Mrs. J. Edgar Monroe whom gave an endowment to the Preservation Society in 1971 to ensure its secure future. Although it's not as grand as the Breakers, the Rosecliff was still immensely impressive and lavishly furnished. The mansion also does weddings which it would make a wonderful venue for. I especially liked the Gatsby mood of the estate and later learned its ballroom was used in the 1974 Great Gatsby movie.
Party Wedding at Gatsby's?
How cool!

Stay tuned for part three!



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