Designed by McKim, Meade and White, particularly Stanford White, Rosecliff was built strictly as a summer residence for Tessie and Herman Oelrich. The money used to finance the construction of Rosecliff came from her father, James Graham Fair, one of three partners that owned the Comstock Silver Lode in Nevada. Over a 20 year period, 500 million dollars worth of silver was produced from their mines. Stanford White's inspiration for Rosecliff was the Grand Trianon at Versailles. The brick walls were finished in off-white terra cotta tiles, creating a sense of lightness and grace. Mrs. Oelrich loved the color white. It reflected her obsession with cleanliness. Her instructions to her staff included changing the beds daily whether or not guests used the beds
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Historic buildings – Rhode Island -- Newport; Newport (RI) – Buildings, structures, etc; Rosecliff Mansion (RI); Space (Architecture) – Rhode Island -- Newport;
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Smolski, Chester; White, Stanford; and McKim, Mead, & White, "Newport: Rosecliff Garden" (1990). Smolski Images. 167.