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History of Newport and the Mansions
Founded in 1639, Newport was an important port city, a center of the slave trade, a fashionable resort and the summer home of the Gilded Age rich.
What was the Gilded Age?
The Gilded Age was a period of unprecedented change in America. Fortunes were spent on luxuries such as the lavish "summer cottages" of Newport.
Deep Dive into the Show
Learn about the people, places and events depicted in Julian Fellowes' popular historical drama series.
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Our mission is to protect, preserve, and present the best of Newport County's architectural heritage. Learn more about us and our work.
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The Preservation Society of Newport County is appealing federal agency approval of two massive wind farms off the Rhode Island coast.
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With spectacular ocean views, lush landscaped gardens and inspiring architecture, the Newport Mansions have the ideal setting for your special event, whether an intimate family gathering or a grand celebration.
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Created as a showcase for extravagant summer entertainments, Rosecliff was modeled after the Grand Trianon, a baroque pavilion built in the great park of Versailles.
After the house was completed in 1902, it hosted some of the most lavish social events of the Gilded Age, including a fairy-tale dinner and a party featuring magician Harry Houdini.
Rosecliff continues in that tradition today and has been featured in many Hollywood films including The Great Gatsby, True Lies, 27 Dresses, and Amistad.
Whether you are having an intimate wedding or a grand extravaganza, imagine having your wedding in one of America’s most timelessly elegant and romantic locations. For an unforgettable wedding, consider Rosecliff, a Gilded Age masterpiece, as the setting for your elegant evening reception.
The snow-white terra cotta mansion, with classic lines, features the largest private ballroom in Newport and a heart-shaped staircase that provides the perfect frame for your wedding portraits.
Your guests will enjoy views of the vast oceanfront landscape while they dine and dance under gilded bronze and crystal chandeliers and the trompe-l’oeil ceiling of painted clouds drifting across the blue sky in the ballroom.
This holiday season, we’re making one of our most elegant and beloved mansions available for private events. The Elms is available for the month of December for receptions up to 200 people. The mansion will be decorated for the season with ornamental evergreens, Christmas trees, wreaths, flowers and more. Just add your guests, food and drink, and it’s an event they will never forget!
Please email Megan Kenney Pharo for pricing, options and availability: MKenney@NewportMansions.org
Designed by architect Stanford White of McKim, Mead, and White, Rosecliff was created as a showcase for extravagant entertainments and was modeled after the Grand Trianon, the palace of Louis XIV of France.
Offering stunning indoor and outdoor settings, we welcome you to plan your unforgettable private social, organization, or corporate event from black-tie galas to intimate evening celebrations of all sizes.
A National Historic Landmark, Marble House was built for Mr. and Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt. It was the most lavish house in America when it opened in 1892. Marble House was the scene of both elaborate balls and rallies to raise funds for the women’s suffrage movement. The view from the canopied terrace overlooks the colorful Chinese Tea House and the Atlantic Ocean beyond.
Marble House offered for evening events
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Parking is free onsite at all properties except for Hunter House and The Breakers Stable & Carriage House, where street parking is available.
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