See yesterday's post for some breathtaking exterior shots of Rockcliffe Mansion.
Here is a exert of the mansion's history:
"High on top a rocky knoll in Hannibal, Missouri sits an enormous house, a house constructed solely to fulfill a man's dream. He wanted a house to richly display the finest woods and furnishings money could buy, yet one that would emanate warmth and a feeling of quiet dignity. His dream became a reality in the year 1900 and the family, consisting of his wife and four daughters, moved in, residing there until his death in 1924. At that time, the family vacated the house and it was boarded up for 43 years. Two weeks before the once lovely home was to be razed, leaving nothing but memories amid the rubble, it was saved by three local families and restored to the beauty of its historical past.
Inside, the families found, under the crust of years of soot and grime, gigantic rooms and halls with palladium windows and 10 carved marble and tile fireplaces. Rockcliffe, as the home became known, was built by a lumber baron, Mr. John J. Cruikshank, who had supplied as building materials only the finest quality walnut, oak and mahogany that could be found. With the double brick wall construction and the innovative designing by Barnett, Haynes, and Barnett of St. Louis, this particular home was far more solid after 75 years than most homes built today."
The Moorish Room
The 3rd Floor Ballroom
The 3rd Floor School Room