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 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 and interior courtyard from promenade
The casino is actually a complex of buildings and open spaces.
Casino and promenade from Theatre
Today it is home to the National Tennis Hall of Fame, the National Tennis Club,
a Stanford White designed auditorium used by Salve Regina University,
Court Tennis Court
and one of eight court tennis courts in the country.
The exterior spaces (Originally for archery, croquet, and lawn tennis) are as lovely as the interior spaces.
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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
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
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
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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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
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
More La Farge windows
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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
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, 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
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
Many of the interiors retain their gilded age characteristics.
Main hall, 2nd and 3rd floors
Main Hall (viewed from 2nd floor)
Stained glass window on 2nd floor stair landing
Ochre Court Dining Room
Ochre Court Ballroom
Ochre Court Salon – detail of wood work
Administration building from street
Today it serves as the administration building of Salve Regina University.
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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
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 Milwork
The upstairs window seat is lined with beautiful yellow – flowered motif stained glass, creating a beautiful window seat.
Detail, Stained Glass in Window Seat
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