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Rock Cliff is a country house located on the Atlantic shore in the fashionable resort community of Newport, Rhode Island. The house has an interesting history in terms of its design. The building was first constructed in 1887 for T. F. Cushing. Architect George Mason, Jr. designed the house in the Tudor revival style, commonly known as “Stick” style, which was popular in American architecture at that time. Two decades later, in 1910, T. F. Cushing’s daughter, Blair Fairchild, commissioned the architect to redesign Rock Cliff using its existing structure. George Mason, Jr. transformed his original design into a Georgian neo-classical building in keeping with the new trend in American architecture much admired by American socialites in the nineteen teens and twenties.

The present owners of Rock Cliff, a Chicago family who purchased it as a summer residence, retained Eifler & Associates to rehabilitate the century-old house to suit the lifestyle of a family today. The scope of work included restoration of the unique stucco and precast concrete exterior and replacement of doors and windows in keeping with the original design. The pool and pool house were extensively rehabilitated. Interior work included the redesign of the family room, kitchen, breakfast room, second and third story guest rooms, library and master bedroom and bath. The remaining rooms were restored using updated historical finishes.

Rock Cliff

Newport, Rhode Island

Rehabilitation of an old house for modern use

Photography: ©

Completed: 2002

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