Monthly Archives: August 2012

Clouds Hill, Warwick RI

Clouds Hill

Clouds Hill

This museum is possibly the most unique of all the historic houses I have visited.  It was designed by William Walker & Sons circa the 1870’s and by some miracle, the house has remained in the same family ever since.  All the rooms have their original decorations and the museum is slowly, but surely, restoring them.  The result is a rich archive of Victoriana of all forms – textiles, wood carvings, porcelains, books and ephemera – basically anything you can think of – any many things you never thought of.  I highly recommend a visit – lovers of all things Victorian will not be disappointed.  See: http://www.cloudshill.org/

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Newport Casino, Newport RI

Newport Casino from Bellevue Avenue

Newport Casino from Bellevue Avenue

The casino was built between 1879 -1881 as a social center for Newport.  Back in the day entrance to the casino was gained both by membership and by purchase of a daily pass.

Casino from interior courtyard

Casino and interior courtyard from promenade

The casino is actually a complex of buildings and open spaces.

Casino and promenade from Theatre

Casino and promenade from Theatre

Today it is home to the National Tennis Hall of Fame, the National Tennis Club,

Theatre

Theatre

a Stanford White designed auditorium used by Salve Regina University,

Court Tennis Court

Court Tennis Court

and one of eight court tennis courts in the country.

Promenade Trellis

Promenade Trellis

The exterior spaces (Originally for archery, croquet, and lawn tennis) are as lovely as the interior spaces.

Newport Casino

Newport Casino

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Belcourt Castle, Newport RI

Belcourt Castle from Bellevue Ave.

Belcourt Castle from Bellevue Ave.

From 1891-1894, Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont hired Richard Morris Hunt to design a Newport castle for his horses and himself.

close up of exterior

close up of exterior

This house may be stylistically the most schizophrenic in design that I have seen.  The exterior resembles a French chateau.  Walk inside the entrance archway into the courtyard, and one finds oneself surrounded by half timbering that reminds me of an English Tudor style, but I have been reminded that half timbering is seen in Norman style architecture too.  All I can say is that the juxtaposition of the two styles so close together is jarring.

entrance archway from courtyard

entrance archway from courtyard

About the stables….. I have heard the following about this house: “It is a palatial stable with an incidental apartment attached.”  In addition to the stable wing, the whole first floor of the house (the incidental apartment was on the 2nd floor) was also stable space, open to the outside until Alva Vanderbilt Belmont moved in in 1896.  Alva enclosed the first floor and turned it into an Italian Renaissance styled hall and banished the horses to the stable wing.

Stable wing inside courtyard

Stable wing inside courtyard

Belcourt is privately owned and open for tours sporadically.  I hear that it is up for sale and I hope a suitable buyer can be found for it.  It is in need of restoration and it’s history and architecture are worthy of saving.

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Our Lady of Mercy Chapel, Salve Regina University, Newport RI

Mercy Chapel

Mercy Chapel

Designed by the architect Robert A.M. Stern and built in 2010, the chapel’s stone and shingle exterior complements the historic architecture of Salve Regina’s Ochre Point neighborhood.

Interior, Mercy Chapel

Interior, Mercy Chapel

The structure features a set of 13 leaded opalescent glass windows created by renowned artist John La Farge and a bell tower housing three 1910 bells cast by the Meneely Bell Company.  (See http://www.salve.edu/about/catholicTradition/chapel/)

A La Farge WIndow

A La Farge WIndow

More La Farge windows

More La Farge windows

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The Hennery, Salve Regina University, Newport RI

The Hennery, Street facade

The Hennery, Street facade

The Hennery was designed by the architects Peabody and Stearns in 1883 as a farm building for Vinland.

The Hennery, Rear facade

The Hennery, Rear facade

I have seen it refered to as a shingled fantasy.  Salve Regina has restored the structure and is using it.

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Ochre Court, Salve Regina University, Newport RI

Ochre Court, Street Facade

Ochre Court, Street Facade

Ogden Goelet, a New York real estate developer, hired Richard Morris Hunt to design Ochre Court between 1888-1892.

Ochre Court, Ocean Facade

Ochre Court, Ocean Facade

Inspired by the French chateau of the Loire Valley, it was the first of Hunt’s summer cottages to seek French inspiration.

Main entry under stairs, Ocean vista visible

Main entry under stairs, Ocean vista visible

Many of the interiors retain their gilded age characteristics.

Main hall, 2nd and 3rd floors

Main hall, 2nd and 3rd floors

Main Hall (viewed from 2nd floor)

Main Hall (viewed from 2nd floor)

Stained glass window on 2nd floor stair landing

Stained glass window on 2nd floor stair landing

Ochre Court Dining Room

Ochre Court Dining Room

Ochre Court Ballroom

Ochre Court Ballroom

Ochre Court Salon - detail of wood work

Ochre Court Salon – detail of wood work

Administration building from street

Administration building from street

Today it serves as the administration building of Salve Regina University.

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William Watts Sherman House, Newport RI

William Watts Sherman House

William Watts Sherman House

An 1874 Shingle Style house designed by architect H.H. Richardson after the Queen Anne designs of Richard Norman Shaw.  It is currently being used as a dormitory at Salve Regina University.

Not bad for dormitory living

Not bad for dormitory living

The house’s decor is by Stanford White.  Including the Library, whose mill work is still fantastic- it is painted peacock green with gold trim and embodies a wide variety of styles- Moroccan, Chinese,  English, etc.

Magnificent Library Millwork

Magnificent Library Milwork

Milwork Detail

Milwork Detail

The upstairs window seat is lined with beautiful yellow – flowered motif stained glass, creating a beautiful window seat.

WIndow seat

WIndow seat

Detail, Stained Glass in Window Seat

Detail, Stained Glass in Window Seat

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