Monthly Archives: September 2012

Wave Hill, The Bronx NY

The Pergola

The Pergola

Wave Hill is a public garden that is owned by the City of New York.  It is comprised of two adjacent estates – Wave Hill House and Glyndor House.

Glyndor House

Glyndor House

Glyndor House is used as an art gallery.

Wave Hill House

Wave Hill House

When I visited, Wave Hill House was undergoing extensive renovations.   Both houses are on a hill, above the Hudson River and overlooking the Palisades.

Sweeping views of the Hudson River and the Palisades

Sweeping views of the Hudson River and the Palisades

Both houses have had quite a history with many prominent owners and visitors.  See http://www.wavehill.org/about/history/  for a full history of the site.   This garden is well worth the visit – the grounds are just glorious!

The Greenhouse

The Greenhouse

A Garden View

A Garden View

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Marble House, Newport RI

Front of Marble House

Front of Marble House

Marble House is a monumental homage to extravagance.  Built principally for Alva Vanderbilt by Richard Morris Hunt, it is based on the Petit Trianon at Versailles.

Under the main entrance

Under the main entrance

The entire house screams formality and classicism inside and outside.

Over one of the side windows

Over one of the side windows

Inside the house boasts more than 500,000 cubic feet of marble.

The Ocean facing facade

The Ocean facing facade

 

The Tea House at Marble House

The Tea House at Marble House

The tea house was added to the grounds by Alva in 1912.  It was designed by the firm of Hunt & Hunt.  (Richard Morris Hunt’s sons.) It was the site of several suffragist meetings after WWI.

Inside the Tea House

Inside the Tea House

Today Marble House is one of the mansions operated by the Preservation Society of Newport County.

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Kingscote, Newport RI

Kingscote front

Kingscote front

Kingscote was originally designed by Richard Upjohn for George Noble Jones in 1839 – 1841.

Side view of Kingscote

Side view of Kingscote

One of my favorite rooms in Kingscote is the dining room, which was expanded sometime in the 1870’s to 1880’s by the firm of McKim, Mead and White.  To quote their webpage: “The room combines Colonial American details with exotic ornament – reflecting the architects’ interest in combining eastern and western motifs. The innovative use of materials was also important, such as cork tiles as a covering for the wall frieze and ceiling, and an early installation of opalescent glass bricks by Louis Comfort Tiffany.”

Kingscote Dining Room

Kingscote Dining Room

Today it is one of the mansions operated by the Preservation Society of Newport County.

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Isaac Bell House / Edna Villa, Newport RI

Front facade of Isaac Bell House

Bellevue Ave facade of Isaac Bell House

Built in 1882-1883 by McKim, Mead and White for the Bell family.  The house was purchased in 1891 by the Vanderbilt family lawyer, Samuel Barger, who named the property Edna Villa.

Rear Facade of Isaac Bell House

Rear Facade of Isaac Bell House

I am especially fond of the lines of this house.  I also love the window in the corner of these 2 facades.  It creates a lovely window seat in the upstairs bedroom.

A View of the Entrance Facade (on Perry St.) and the Bellevue Ave. Facade

A View of the Entrance Facade (on Perry St.) and the Bellevue Ave.  Facade

Today it is one of the mansions operated by the Preservation Society of Newport County.

Stained Glass by the front door

Stained Glass by the front door

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Griswold House / Newport Art Museum, RI

Griswold House - Front

Griswold House – Front

This house is Richard Morris Hunt’s first major commission in Newport.

Central Stairway

Central Stairway

Hunt was hired in 1861 by the Griswold family to create this home, which was completed in 1863.

Dining Room

Dining Room

The woodwork inside the house is fantastic – just look at it here in the Dining Room and in the Parlor.

Parlor

Parlor

Parlor Shutters

Parlor Shutters

Today the house is part of the Newport Art Museum and they have been slowly restoring the property.

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Green Animals / Brayton Estate, Newport RI

House at Green Animals

House at Green Animals

This estate was purchased in 1872 by Thomas E. Brayton for his family. The clapboard style house is pleasant, but the reason why people visit is the amazing topiary gardens.

House at green animals - side view

House at green animals – side view

Since 1905 the estate has been known for its extensive gardens and topiary animals.

The gardens and topiary

The gardens and topiary

Topiary Dinosaur

Topiary Dinosaur

Today it is one of the mansions operated by the Preservation Society of Newport County.

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Chepstow, Newport RI

Chepstow

Chepstow

Chepstow was designed by George Champlin Mason and built for the Schermerhorn’s in 1860-1861.  It is Italianate in style with a French roof.

Detail of porch

Detail of porch

Today it is one of the mansions operated by the Preservation Society of Newport County.

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Rosecliff, Newport RI

Rosecliff exterior

Rosecliff exterior – Bellevue Ave Side

Rosecliff was built by Tessie and Herman Oelrichs between 1899-1901.

Ocean Side of Rosecliff

Ocean Side of Rosecliff

They hired McKim, Mead and White to design their cottage on Bellevue Ave after the Grand Trianon in Versailles.

Facade detail

Facade detail

The most unusual feature of Rosecliff is its exterior surface.  Although it looks like marble, the house is faced in white glazed terracotta tile.

Rosecliff garden

Rosecliff garden

The house gets its name from the beautiful rose bushes on the property.

Today it is one of the mansions operated by the Preservation Society of Newport County.

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Vernon Court, Newport RI

Vernon Court

Vernon Court

Built in 1898 by Carrere and Hastings.  Its design is based on Chateau Haroue near Nancy, France.  Today it is home to the National Museum of American Illustration.

Another view of Vernon Court

Another view of Vernon Court

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Oliver Ames Free Library, North Easton MA

Exterior Ames Free Library

Exterior Ames Free Library

This library was commissioned in 1877 and designed by H.H. Richardson.  Landscape by Frederick Law Olmsted.

Reading Room Fireplace

Reading Room Fireplace

This fireplace is thought to have been designed by Stanford White.  The bas relief of Oliver Ames that is inset into the fireplace is by Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

 

The library room

The library room

The library room is known as an alcove type library that was just starting to go out of style as the Library was built.  The barrel vaulted ceiling is of butternut wood.

A better view of the alcoves in the Library room.

A better view of the alcoves in the Library room.

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