Wakehurst was built in 1884 for James J. Van Allen. He employed Architects Charles Kempe and Dudley Newton to build this house, based on a manor house known as “Wakehurst Place” in Kew Gardens, Sussex, England.
Kempe was a stained glass artist by trade and in addition to the house plans, he designed the stained glass windows inside of Wakehurst. These windows can still be seen today, as the building serves as the student center for Salve Regina University.
The University’s library sits at the opposite end of Wakehurst’s garden, a modern structure inspired by Wakehurst’s gables.
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