My sister invited me to spend this past weekend with her in Rhode Island and it was absolutely incredible! I don’t get to spend as much time with her as I want, so on the rare occasion that we get to take a trip together, it’s truly special to me. ♡
Rhode Island was so beautiful and I wish that we could have spend more time there since we only got to stay for two days. I’ll have another post coming soon about the second day that we spent in Rhode Island, but today, it’s all about the gorgeous Rosecliff Mansion in Newport. It’s one of the many stunning, historic house museums that line the breathtaking street of Bellevue Avenue. I regret not taking a photo of the street as we were driving down it, but I was living in the moment and being amazed by the beauty of it — so unbelievably charming!
We spotted the Rosecliff and drove up the darling tree lined driveway and parked on the side of the house. As we walked up to the house to begin our tour, we stopped to take a few photos with the beautiful flower bushes that greeted us. We were lucky that there wasn’t a huge crowd that day, so we were able to freely take photos.
Here’s the beautiful Rosecliff Mansion. It was built in 1902, commissioned by Nevada silver heiress and socialite, Theresa Fair Oelrichs. It was modeled after the Grand Trianon of Versailles with white architectural terracotta tiles, beautiful arched windows, Ionic pilasters, and stately columns. The reported cost was $2.5 million. It’s now being preserved by The Preservation Society of Newport County.
The architectural style of this mansion is my favorite! I love the all-white construction with elaborate detailing — it looks so dreamy and romantic! The French inspiration was undoubtedly evident and it truly did make me feel like I was in Europe.
One can only dream of owning such a grand and fabulous house.
Across from the house was the lush green lawn with a lovely water fountain in the center.
My sister and I, standing in front of the gorgeous (and insanely heavy) French doors.
I wish I took more photos of the interior, but I was caught up looking at the incredible craftsmanship. Just look at how marvelous this ceiling is in one of the rooms! Wow!
Another amazing ceiling detail!
The ballroom was used to film scenes for the 1974 version of The Great Gatsby. It’s grand, beautiful, and mesmerizing!
In awe by the beauty of it all . . .
How amazing would it be to attend a party in such a grand ballroom?!
Wide windows and flowy curtains provide plenty of natural lighting and stunning views, while giving a gorgeous aesthetic appeal. I loved it!
Heading upstairs. We saw only a few rooms since only a part of the mansion was available for touring. To be honest, I was a bit underwhelmed — the furnishings weren’t very lavish and there wasn’t much to see.
View of the mansion from the second floor — it’s phenomenal in every angle.
This is, what I called, The Pink Room. It had an art exhibit vibe to it.
I thought this ceiling light was so beautiful!
I was enjoying the empty space, so I pranced around and had a lot of fun twirling in my dress while no one was watching!
Going back outside to take a look at the gorgeous garden. I was still astounded by the mansion’s exterior.
Had this area been filled with flowers — it would surely have been magical!
The backyard was massive and had a beautiful view of the ocean. We saw wedding preparations happening — what a wonderful place to get married.
I would like to have a garden like this one. Arches, arbors, pergolas, columns, and flowers everywhere!
I wish I took more photos — I’m truly regretting it now! I definitely want to come back and visit the other mansions too. Have you ever been to the Rosecliff Mansion?
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