Sunday, February 7, 2010

Rosecliff Mansion

I have been attending a series of quest speakers, dramatic readings and more
about the book and movie "The Great Gatsby"
All events took place in the room above
at Rosecliff Mansion in Newport, R.I.
where many party scenes from the movie where filmed..
Who can forget Robert Redford and Mia Farrow in this tragic love story
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
during the roaring 20's....


Rosecliff was commissioned by
Theresa Fair Oelrichs in 1899...
A silver heiress.
The house was completed in 1902
at a reported cost of $2.5 million...

Mrs. Oelrichs hosted fabulous entertainments here,
including a fairy tale dinner and a party featuring famed magician Harry Houdini
here is the party filmed in the back yard at Rosecliff...



Can you imagine the parties, the clothing, the food, the jewels?

Will be attending a Gatsybian like Jazz concert there soon,
cannot wait.

15 comments:

Gypsy Fish said...

My heart is all a flutter....that room, the clothes, the jewels, the mystery and the magic....just gorgeous! Thanks for playing along....See you next Sunday for the giveaway reveal and the first Silver Sunday of Season 2.
{{gypsy hugs}}
Beth

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

Oh, I am so glad you enjoyed it Gypsy Fish. It was a great post to post together. Thank you for the inspiration...

Karen

agnesofgod said...

This is a beautiful post. I feel like I gone to another era. Let me know when you have another party. I would love to attend.

Adele said...

They were amazing times weren't they. I love the room at the top, the golds, creams and pale turquoise are so sophisticated. Just to let you know I have put part one of my paper dress post on my new blog ha-pea handmade.
Adele

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

thank you agnes and Adele,

the room is so beautiful, glad you enjoyed. it make we want to dance across the ballroom floor...
Karen

alice said...

What a beautiful room! I can't imagine living in that style. thanks for stopping by my blog. So glad you added to Silver Sunday.
smiles, alice

Patti's Artful Design said...

Be still my heart! Karen...what a lucky woman you are! Keep us with picts and info regarding this....Gatsby was one of my all time favorites!

Pretty Things said...

Can you imagine a wedding there? Oh my.

The Stylish House said...

Karen,
I recently found your blog and very much enjoyed it! The Great Gatsby was a wistful film, but I liked it. I’m familiar with Rosecliff, because my sister owns a home near there.
The opulent lifestyle from that era is hard to imagine, and these were summer homes! I’ve toured a few and learned they were built before income tax became law, so they had more disposable income. Thank you for this interesting post, I feel like I took a mini holiday.
Cathy

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

oh thank you alice, Patti, Pretty things and Stylish House,
I always LOVE to read your thoughts and ideas...
thanks so much,
Karen

AuroraSuzette said...

Oh, I loved that book, and the movie. What a location! Wishing you happy spring thoughts..you've got a bit of a wait I think.

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Ah... romance and love for Valentines Day! Love your Gatsby photos! Happy Valentines Day! Enjoy!!!

Gaia said...

This is one of the movie I never get bored of!
He was fantastic the movie, the clothes, the photo everything seems to be prfect!
I''ve loved the book too!

Lisa said...

Always wanted to go back in time to attend those parties, you make me feel like I am there all ready.

Anonymous said...

We have always loved The Rosecliff mansion and have visited many times over the years. Many years back, we re-created THE WHITE BALL,a party originaly held at Rosecliff, Newport, RI.
Through the historic society in Newport I researched every detail of that evening and we were successful in re-creating that evening at our home "Rosecliff" in beautiful Bucks County ,Pa. We invited our dear friends and relatives as the original guest list and they had to research and arrive in costume as (ie.) The Vanderbuilts, The Astors etc. It was a huge success and is fondly remembered as the best party we ever hosted. We now live in Palm Bay ,Fl. at our new home "Rosecliff South" Hope to vist Newport again soon.
Richard Allen Arnott