Rosecliffe was built between 1898 and 1902 by Teresa “Tessie” Fair Oelrichs, heir to Nevada’s silver products, and her husband Hermann Oelrichs. They bought the land in 1891 from amateur gardener George Bancroft, who developed the “American Beauty Rose”. The magnificent architect Stanford White designed a palace based on the “Great Trianon”, which is an independent palace in the French royal garden of the Palace of Versailles. Rosecliffe was completed in 1902 and is said to have cost US $ 2.5 million.
The architect created a beautiful house covered in gleaming white terra cotta tiles and decorated with an array of flowers and musical instruments.
Mrs. Oelrichs has hosted many important events, such as fairytale dinners and parties with the famous wizard Harry Houdini. To the right of the main entrance there is a beautiful rose garden.
The two steps of the stairs surrounded by arched windows are designed for people to see … the height of the stairs is easier to lower than to climb.
The guests of the party were first taken to the hall decorated in the French Renaissance style. The large portrait comes from Teresa TessieOelrichs, Rosecliff’s hostess.
Rosecliffe uses central heating, but the main room on the first floor and the bedroom on the second floor each have a fireplace. This Gothic fireplace is based on carved French limestone.