Rosecliff, Newport, RI, is located at 548 Bellevue Avenue at Narragansett. It is one of 11 Newport Mansions under the ownership of the Newport County Preservation Society on southern New England's Aquidneck Island.
This Gilded Age luxury home was constructed by the architect Stanford White who was hired in 1899 by Theresa Fair Oerlichs. She had been the heiress to a Nevada Silver fortune. This building, finished in 1902, is modeled on the Grand Trianon and the gardens of Versailles' French palace. Many of Newport's luxurious social events of the wealthy elite occurred at this very house.
In 1971, Mr. & Mrs. J. Edgar Monroe, the last private owners, donated the house its furniture and d,cor and a large fund to the Preservation Society here.
The Great Gatsby, True Lies and Amistad are some of the films that have used Rosecliff as a setting for some of their scenes.
The Rosecliff, Newport, RI, is wheelchair accessible. No strollers however are allowed to be used in the mansion, although children under 6 years of age may enter free of charge.
This mansion may be toured on its own, allowing approximately 90 minutes for the visit, or as part of a package of visits to various luxury historic homes that are maintained by the Preservation Society.
Advance reservations are neither required nor accepted prior to a visit. The Newport Flower show is hosted at this location every summer. The event begins with an evening cocktail at this house. As of 2009, it is also being accompanied with a Butterfly House on the Estate lawn. The Show held here benefits the maintenance of the 88 acres of lawns and gardens maintained at this and other sites by the Preservation Society in Newport.
From late November through early April, this house is closed to the public. Through the rest of the year it is open daily, from 10 AM to 4 PM, with extended hours in the summer (9 AM to 6 PM).
The Rosecliff, Newport, RI, is available for private parties and events. The Ballroom serves as many as 220 people banquet style with a dance floor.
This mansion and its estate are located on the Ten Mile or Ocean Drive, a winding sight seeing course in southern Newport. It is also just off the Sea Cliffs walkway, a partially paved path between this and other estates and the sea, stretching over a course of 3.5 miles in all.
The road where this property is found is also the home to a number of eateries and boutique shops. Parking is readily available here.
Personal still and video photography is allowed in the gardens and around the exterior of the home but it is prohibited inside the Rosecliff house. Any commercial photography whatsoever requires written consent in advance.