Stanford White, one of the three principals in the firm, was the designer of Rosecliff, home of Nevada silver heiress and Gilded Age hostess Theresa Fair Oelrichs. Among White's other notable projects is the arch in New York City's Washington Square.
Built in 1899, White modeled Rosecliff after the Grand Trianon, the garden retreat of French kings at Versailles. His design principles embodied the American Renaissance, a movement which espoused a return to classical architecture.
Mrs. Oelrichs was a very successful hostess in a competitive social climate, her Bal Blanc remained a legendary party long after the Gilded Age came to a close, and Rosecliff, like other houses of the period, was designed primarily for entertaining.
Scenes from several films have been shot on location here including The Great Gatsby, True Lies, Amistad and 27 Dresses.
As I said in my last post, Newport's Gilded Age gardens are comparatively modest in relation to the scale of the houses they accompany, but Rosecliff does have a pretty rose garden.
The view from the back of the house.
Two book recommendations if you are interesteded in this period of history and its architecture: McKim, Mead & White: The Masterworks and Stanford White, Architect.