PSNC receives $150K state grant to help repair Rosecliff roof balustrade

THE PRESERVATION SOCIETY of Newport County received a $150,000 grant from the R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission to help repair the roof balustrade at Rosecliff, pictured above. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI
THE PRESERVATION SOCIETY of Newport County received a $150,000 grant from the R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission to help repair the roof balustrade at Rosecliff, pictured above. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

NEWPORT – The Preservation Society of Newport County has received a $150,000 state grant to help repair the roof balustrade at Rosecliff. The funds will help to save an original and visually important architectural feature of the mansion, according to Trudy Coxe, PSNC CEO and executive director.

The grant from the R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission will be used to restore approximately 312 feet of the balustrade, including re-pointing masonry joints and resetting lifted capstones on the parapet. New copper flashing also will be installed.

The balustrade at Rosecliff was designed to hide the third-floor servants’ living quarters.

The mansion was commissioned by Nevada silver heiress Theresa Fair Oelrichs in 1899 and designed by architect Stanford White. It was completed in 1902.

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Mary MacDonald is a staff writer for the PBN. Contact her at macdonald@pbn.com.