Friday, December 23, 2011
'Rosecliff', the Mr. & Mrs. Hermann Oelrichs estate designed by McKim, Mead & White between 1897-1902 in Newport, Rhode Island. Oelrichs was the American representative of the North German Lloyd Steamship Company and his wife, Theresa Fair Oelrichs, was a daughter of James Graham Fair, mining engineer and Comstock Lode beneficiary. Theresa's sister, Virginia Graham Fair, was married to William K. Vanderbilt Jr. Hermann Oelrichs died in 1906 following the San Francisco earthquake (not from injuries sustained during the event) and following a period of mourning Theresa continued to use the house for social functions until her death in 1926. Following a slew of subsequent owners (and some serious interior damage from burst pipes) the house was donated to the Preservation Society of Newport in 1971 and has been open to the public since. Click HERE to see 'Rosecliff' on google earth and HERE on bing.