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May 1990


The house has also been known as the Herman Oelrichs House or the J. Edgar Monroe House. It was commissioned by Theresa Fair Oelrichs, a silver heiress from Nevada, along with her husband, Hermann, and her sister, Virginia Fair, in 1891. The architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White to designed the summer home for entertaining on a grand scale. The principal architect, Stanford White, modeled the mansion after the Grand Trianon of Versailles, but smaller and reduced to a basic "H" shape.


Bibliography: Jordy, William H. "Buildings of Rhode Island" Oxford University Press, 2004. p. 570


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Chester E. Smolski photographic slides and publications, MSS-0041, Special Collections, James P. Adams Library, Rhode Island College.


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